HUNDREDS of people are expected to take part in Aylesbury’s second multi-faith walk on Saturday, which is part of efforts to bring the town closer together.
The walk takes place on a busy Saturday lunchtime to increase the event’s ‘visibility’ and walkers will proudly parade between places of worship such as St Mary’s Church and the mosque in Havelock Street.
It has been organised by the group Learning Together, Living in Harmony’ which promotes tolerance and understanding across Aylesbury.
Assistant secretary Jacqueline Russell said: “I’m a practising Christian but I think it is very important that we reach out to other faiths and live together in peace and harmony and respect our differences.
“I think it is very beautiful that we can all walk together from diverse backgrounds.
“The first time we tried this was last year and we got a few cheers from passers-by.
“To see the Imam chatting away to two Irish Catholic women, it was just lovely to see.
“We are hoping it is going to become an annual event.”
Imam of Aylesbury Mosque, Syed Ali Jawad, said: ”It’s a good thing that the whole community can take part in, to get to know each others values, religions and beliefs.
“There is a lot of confusion about Islam, it is something some people know little about.
“Such as women’s rights for example, women play a very big role in the leadership of the community.
“It is often the first time they have met someone in my position.
“Afterwards they have come down and visited the mosque.
“Our mosque is always open to all and I am more than happy to give them a tour.”
Former Aylesbury Mayor and current race equalities officer and councillor Ranjula Takodra is taking part in the walk again this year.
She said: “It is a very important event.
“It is really nice to get members of the different communities and faith groups together.
“Walking together and to meet each other, it is a fantastic idea.”
Those wishing to take part are asked to meet outside Aylesbury Crown Court at the bottom of Market Square at 11.45am on Saturday.
Everyone in the town is invited to get involved.
The group Learning Together, Living in Harmony meets every six weeks to plan conferences and events.