BURY came together to stand against hate as part of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The week aims to highlight the issue of hate crime, offer support for victims and promote community cohesion.

Partners including Bury Council and Greater Manchester Police took part in 25 different events which involved a range of a range activities such as raising on an anti-Hate Crime flag.

There were also special assemblies given in primary schools, drama performances in secondary schools, a multi-faith Shabbat meal as well as events specifically aiming to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The week culminated in a large event at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre which featured street dancers, a graffiti artist, performances by Ramsbottom Learning Centre’s School of Rock, a Punjabi singer, Bollywood dancers, a drama display from Bury College, a live DJ and a media van displaying anti-hate crime messages.

Councillor Sharon Briggs, cabinet member for communities, said: “Everyone, whatever their colour, race or religion, is entitled to respect and freedom from intolerance and bigotry. Events like this are so important in bringing people together, promoting peace and celebrating diversity in our borough, and ensuring that victims receive the support they deserve.”