The Shared Histories event held at the Council House last month was a real success with a number of Derby residents attending the event to explore the contribution of Commonwealth forces in the British Army.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection opened the event and spoke about the tragedies faced in the last twelve months that have sought to divide our communities. He discussed the need to invest in the younger generation to instil peace, tolerance and understanding, which is the backbone of all cohesive communities.

The aim of the programme was to strengthen feelings of British identity and the confidence of being British, improve citizenship, a sense of belonging and ultimately improve community relations.

On the event a representative from the armed services, said: “I found the event to be extremely interesting and informative, I learnt a great deal from the presentations and much of the information given on the day was of particular interest”.

One Community representatives stated: “the event was informative and showed the value and need to continue to build cohesive communities.”

Ash Venkatesh, Head Teacher from Littleover Community School said: “It was a wonderful event and something I would like to bring into the school environment.”