Middlesbrough Mela is back again celebrating its 25th year and this one is promising to be the largest and best one yet.
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland is part sponsoring this year’s Mela which is taking place over the weekend of 6-7 June 2015 at Centre Square, Middlesbrough Town Centre.
The Mela is kicking off with a colourful parade featuring hundreds of local children. Visitors to the event can experience a diverse mix of live music and foods from around the world. There will also be a fun fair, a wide range of entertainment and a bazaar packed full of stalls.
The Commissioner and representatives from his office will be attending the Mela on Sunday 7 June to gather the public’s views on Hate Crime and Neighbourhood Policing and to also hand out crime prevention equipment.
Barry Coppinger said: “The Mela is a fantastic event which brings together communities from across Cleveland and further afield and promotes community cohesion and diversity within our area. Middlesbrough has a history of welcoming people from different parts of the world and in our increasingly multi cultural society events like this where other cultures are celebrated are a great way of bringing communities together.
“I will be using my stand at the event to promote hate crime awareness and send out the message that prejudice will not be tolerated in Cleveland and that those who do experience hate crime will receive a robust response from the police when they report it.”
Police representatives will be attending both days of the Mela to speak to visitors about police recruitment and opportunities. They will also be consulting with members of the public about the best way for the police to engage with local communities.
Chief Superintendent Gordan Lang added: “Our officers always enjoy policing the Mela. It is a great opportunity to meet people and this year we will be on hand to offer advice to those members of our communities who may be considering a career with Cleveland Police and asking people for ideas as to how best communicate and engage with them.”
Mela committee chairman Satnam Singh, who has been involved for 17 years, said: “The Mela is an annual celebration of everything that’s great about Middlesbrough, and the huge crowds it attracts every year are a testament to its enduring and increasing popularity.
“It hasn’t always been easy to make it happen and funding is ever tighter, so we’re particularly grateful to our sponsors for the support they are giving us.”
For more information about the Mela please visit www.boromela.co.uk
Posted on Wednesday 27th May 2015