Saturday 21 September 2013
Peace, Love and Community
Following the Service for Peace in Queens Square at midday, Wrexham’s Peace Day action moved onto Llwyn Isaf (the Library Field) where the Community Choir sang again.
One of the event organisers, Joey Dickenson of local band Heal the Last Stand…
…then led a peace delegation to the middle of town in the spirit of friendship and community to exchange flags with the Polish community group Cymrades who had organised another peace day on Bellevue Park.
While they were gone, other members of Heal the Last Stand kept the music going on the bandstand.
Across the field, the Yum Yum Project set up its food sharing tables.
Wrexham Peace & Justice Forum put out a range of information for people to browse…
…and banners around the field
…to get the message across
…loud and clear!
Love, Light & Peace Tents provided a beautiful round marquee for the yoga…
…and meditation organised by the Yum Yum.
Massage and reiki was also on offer, like everything else freely given and gratefully received.
In front of the marquee people were getting their faces painted with peace symbols and in one case an amazing rainbow peace flag.
At least one fairy appeared.
Further over, Frank set up the Give and Take community sharing stall.
Helpful info boards explained what it’s all about…
…attracting a lot of interest…
…while others learned by just doing it!
Members of Wrexham’s Islamic community brought along an info stall too and Mohammed took to the stage to read one of his poems.
Heal the Last Stand was the first of the afternoon bands, on the day they released their new single The Gathering, which you can listen to on SoundCloud.
In this video taken on Saturday, Heal the Last Stand perform Peace is the Word.
Americo Lima was on next, with songs of resistance from Portugal.
I didn’t take photos of all the other bands, but the line up was Keith Astbury, Mandola Hangover, Tiny Wooden Angels…
…Hedge Gods, Mise en Scene (from Canada), Jessica Ball and The Scene.
The final act of the day was Wrexham Legend Terminal who didn’t disappoint.
Sunshine all day
People relaxed on the field in the sunshine until late in the day, keeping just ahead of the shadows as they lengthened.
This amazing crew helped clear up the field just before close at 7pm.
The day concluded with an after-show party at The Commercial from 9pm.
Finally, another video clip from the day.
For more photos from the day, see this flickr set.
Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible. Special thanks to Brendan and Rob for the sounds, to Joey, Laura and the rest of Heal the Last Stand for everything they did, to Gay and the Yum Yum Project for organising the food, yoga, meditation etc., to Katie for the therapies, to Mel and Andy for the marquee and the rest, to Frank for the Give and Take stall, to Mohammed and friends for the Islamic info stall, to everyone who performed, to Maria, Phil and all the others for organising the peace service and various other contributions, to everyone I’ve forgotten. You know who you are. THANK YOU!
Why not get involved?
If you would like to be part of making Peace Day 2014 happen or get involved in putting on other free, peace-loving, community sharing events, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us.