Cross-community Halloween event held in North Belfast’s Alexandra Park

A HALLOWEEN event aimed at bringing communities living in interface areas together was held in North Belfast yesterday.

Hundreds of people, including dozens of families, gathered at Alexandra Park – which is crossed by a wall of peace – to witness the “Pumpkin Patch”, which included a Halloween trail, a puppet show, a children’s farm and pumpkin picking.

This is the latest event in the ‘Peace Walls’ program organized by Duncairn Community Partnership (DCP) and supported by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), which aims to build relationships between communities living in areas of interface.

It is hoped that the initiative will help local residents “to reach a position where they are comfortable with dialogue around the removal of walls of peace in their area”.

DCP’s Kate Clarke said last night it was the second year the Halloween-themed event had taken place and it had been a ‘great success’.

“Despite the bad weather, we didn’t stop at all, 650 pumpkins were gone in no time and we had to go and buy more,” she said.

“I would say almost 1,000 people were in the park today, people from Tigers Bay, New Lodge and Newington, which is fantastic.

“It took place in Alexandra Park which is actually crossed by a peace wall, it’s a huge park to use and a great place to hold events like this.

“This is another event of the ‘Peace Walls’ program that brings the two communities together.

“Our last event was in September and we have another one planned for Christmas, so it’s just about getting things done and bringing people together.”

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