Service to mark 20 years of friendship

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HUNDREDS of people gathered at a service to celebrate two faiths.

The annual Christian Muslim evening was held at the Portsmouth Cathedral. This year’s service marked its 20th year.

The night celebrated the ongoing relationships between Wessex Jamaat and Portsmouth Cathedral.

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoos, Imam of the Al Mahdi Centre of the Wessex Jamaat, near Fareham, said: ‘I would like to pay tribute to one and all involved in this truly special relationship.

‘I sincerely hope that we will be able to be hand in hand together to reach greater heights in serving God’s holy name in both communities.’

Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral Rev Dean David Brindley said: ‘It is a wonderful story. For 20 years we have learnt about each other, listened to each other and become friends.

‘It shows that the way forward is to putting time into friendship and hopefully we can grow together even more strongly in the coming years.’