A NEW Huddersfield group is organising a special event to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.
Members of Empower, which was formed at Easter, have been busy organising an evening of performances and entertainment to mark the occasion.
The event is to be held at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, October 28.
It will feature performances from a gospel choir, along with acts such as, dances, poetry, and comedy sketches.
Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton, a member of Empower and one of the organisers of the event, said: “The bicentenary is an opportunity for us to recognise the contribution of black African and Caribbean communities to society.
“It is a chance for us all to deepen our understanding of the past and celebrate the richness of our diversity.
“It is about remembering the past, but also about moving on and looking forward to the future.”
As part of the event, Empower is hoping to form a mass community choir to participate in singing some inspirational and spiritual songs.
Ms Pinnock-Hamilton added: “We are calling on anyone who is interested in singing to audition for the choir, whether from a school, organisation or workplace.
“Anyone from all walks of life is welcome to join in.”
People interested in auditioning for the choir should contact Ms Pinnock-Hamilton on 01484 303888 or 07786651831