HUNDREDS of people from all over the country came to Portsmouth in support of a Bangladeshi district.
The Moulvibazar Association held their 12th annual event yesterday, and this year decided to branch out and invite people from across the country.
The event saw around 500 people watch dancing and singing onstage, enjoy a meal, listen to speeches and watch members of the community honoured,
President of the Moulvibazar Association, Mosud Ahmed, said: ‘I am really proud to see people from across the country here today.
‘The Moulvibazar Association is a strong, active association. We are strong because we are united. This year we have invited people from across the UK so we can do more for the Moulvibazar district of Bangladesh.’
Four awards were given to local people for their work in the community – Abdur Rahaman, Abari Chowdury, Khairul Anam Khan and Syed Aminul Haque.
Sharifa Karim and Syeda Tayubun Nessa were awarded best mothers in the community. Wali Uddin was given a lifetime achievement award, Shamim Asad was given a best author award and leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson was honoured for being a friend of the association.
Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It is a great event and it is great to have people from all over the UK come to Portsmouth. It’s a fantastic get-together.’