Students from Blackburn Central High School joined students from other schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire to take part in a friendly cricket fixture at the Love of the Roses event last weekend.
The Love Of The Roses took place at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket Club in Clitheroe, and saw religious leaders from both sides of the Pennines come together for an inter-faith cricket match.
The Twenty20 match between the vicars and imams of Lancashire and their counterparts from Yorkshire was the perfect end to this cricket season.
The event brought together various ages and sections of the community from both counties in a fun filled day which promoted love, peace and mutual respect.
It allowed people to sit and talk whilst dining and watching the cricket with new friends and make positive links for the future.
The students competed prior to the main Roses battle and engaged in a friendly fixture to set the tone of friendship, teamwork and cohesion.
The Twenty20 match, featuring Muslim and Christian clergy, ended in a 42 run victory for Lancashire and avenged the defeat of two years ago. More importantly a great afternoon of positive discourse and learning took place which will benefit all communities.
Cricket fan Farouk Hussain, one of the organisers for charity Kumon Y’all, said: “A lot of focus tends to be on the differences but we want to show people that we have strong common core values and that we’re all similar and have a mutual respect for each others faiths.
“This is all about promoting community cohesion and using the game of cricket to bring people together.”