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MORE than 500 people went to a free fun day at Huntingdonshire Regional College, Huntingdon, to learn more about other cultures and customs. The event, hosted by the Huntingdonshire Diversity Forum, was judged to be a great success, achieving its aim of r

MORE than 500 people went to a free fun day at Huntingdonshire Regional College, Huntingdon, to learn more about other cultures and customs.

The event, hosted by the Huntingdonshire Diversity Forum, was judged to be a great success, achieving its aim of raising awareness of diversity and to promote a greater understanding between the different communities within the district.

Voluntary and community organisations shared information and offered people an opportunity to try a new experience from another country or culture.

Children queued to have traditional henna designs painted on their hands and arms and young girls had their hair braided. All age groups enjoyed visiting stands where they could taste different foods from around the world, including Thai, Indian and Caribbean, as well as learn about crafts such as traditional stone sculpture from Zimbabwe.

There was musical entertainment from belly dancers African drummers and Bhangra Beat. Many visitors took the opportunity to learn some basic steps in salsa dancing. Face painting and juggling teddy bears was popular with the children.

Sherron Donaldson, event co-ordinator, said: "It was a very successful day. There was so much to see and do and everyone was enjoying themselves and taking part in the entertainment, especially the dancing. We are looking forward to next year.

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