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Exhibition and Book of Commitment to mark Inter Faith Week

An exhibition focusing on compassion, kindness and a desire to help those in need regardless of their religion or heritage is taking place in Basildon this week as part of Inter Faith Week.

A Code of Honour tells the story of the Muslim population of Albania, who risked their lives to ensure the safety of their Jewish neighbours during the German occupation in the Second World War. The exhibition, compiled by the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, will be on display in Basildon's Towngate Theatre from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November.

The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr David Dadds, will sign a Book of Commitment at 11am on Tuesday 13 November before viewing the exhibition. The book will also be open to members of the public to sign throughout Inter Faith Week.

Cllr Dadds said: “It is vital that we all have an understanding and awareness of the different and distinct faiths which make the United Kingdom what it is today. Interfaith Week is all about strengthening relations and celebrating the invaluable contributions people of all religious beliefs make.

“We are committed to working together to fight against discrimination and hate, and promote inclusive communities. I am privileged to be opening the Book of Commitment, and welcome people across the borough to join me in sending out a clear message in support of diversity and equality.”

Members of the public are invited to join Cllr Dadds on Tuesday 13 November, with the exhibition also available to view between 11am and 4pm for the duration of the week.