Jul 5 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
A DISABLED charity hosted an event in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Asian People’s Disability Alliance (APDA) had a grand celebration at Alric Avenue Day Care Centre in Harlesden where visitors enjoyed performances of music, the classical flute and dance by the popular Muskaan Wheelchair Dance group, accompanied by the latest Bollywood hits.
Craftwork created by the members brightened up the hall and members of the West Indian Self Effort Education Project enjoyed a Big Lunch with cuisines from Asia and the West Indies.
Pradip Shah, chairman of the association, said: “APDA’s acquaintance and relationship with the Royal Family goes back several years. It was ever since APDA’s chief executive first received an invitation way back in February 2000 to a reception which was given at Buckingham Palace by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark the contributions of those working in the community and the voluntary sector. There was a follow up visit in 2003 to our day care centre by the Princess Royal.”
The Mayor of Brent, councillor Michael Adeyeye, and former mayors, councillors Aslam Choudry and Harbajan Singh, joined the celebrations.
The afternoon on Friday, June 22, ended with good wishes and prayers, said in both Gujarati and English, for Her Majesty and the playing of the national anthem.