Wednesday, 30 June 2010

This evening I attended the third Annual Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Competition Prize-giving and Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Civic Hall...

Th Awards Ceremony came at the end of the Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month and we were delighted that the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were able to join us for the evening. We were also pleased that a delegation from Brno in the Czech Republic who had provided the Roma Embroidery Exhibition that has been on display at the West Park Centre also joined us for the evening. We were also proud that Jimmy Lowther, International Boxing Champion, and Richard Naylor, Captain of Leeds United, were able to join us and present the certificates and prizes. It was great that Arthur Ivatts, Consultant, and Andrea Smith, Gypsy Roma Traveller Adviser at the Department for Education were able to make the Awards Ceremony and help us celebrate the achievements of some of ur wonderful children.

We were also entertained by the brilliant Harehills Primary School Choir, by Marek and Milan Cina from South Leeds Academy and by Tibor Geki, Peter Zsiga and Janny Diaz from Primrose High School. Thanks to Sentabell Mabbott and Dominika Helferova who managed the evening for our Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service and to Peter Saunders and the rest of his colleagues for all their hard work over the last year which culminated this evening with these awards and this celebration.

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