A peace gathering brought Bradfordians of all faiths and backgrounds together for a united message of hope and togetherness.

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Peace, Global Peace Journey’s popular conference was supported by West Yorkshire Police, Mayor of Bradford Martin Love, various community and business leaders, as well as multi-faith groups.

Around 200 people attended the event at Tong Park Hotel, including people who came to the city as refugees, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police John Robbins, West Yorkshire Police Superintendent Richard Padwell and the Pakistan Consulate.

A film by Black Howk Entertainment’s Syed Samar Raza Rizvi captured Pakistani pupils of different faiths standing together on the site of the Peshawar School Attack.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Global Peace Journey's 2022 conference in Tong. Picture: UGCGlobal Peace Journey's 2022 conference in Tong. Picture: UGC (Image: UGC)

The moving scenes played to the sound of ‘Din nikaley ga zarur’, a Hindi statement meaning ‘a new day will rise’.

Georgi Majid, founder of Global Peace Journey, said: “It was absolutely amazing. I wasn’t expecting the way people turned up from different school of thoughts, we had baristers, judges. It was like a dream coming true.

“We got really brilliant feedback.

“Everybody was silenced and shocked at how wonderful it was.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Guests at Global Peace Journey's 2022 conference. Picture: UGCGuests at Global Peace Journey's 2022 conference. Picture: UGC (Image: UGC)

Following a Quran recital, speeches were led by Henna Majid, Chief Constable Robins, the General Consulate of Pakistan’s Ibrar Hussain, Lord Mayor Cllr Love, judge Ahmed Nadim, Nirmal Singh, Ravinder Dhani, Syed Molana, Ibrar Hussain Naqvi, Faisal Dad, and Bradford Cathedral’s Very Revd Andy Bowerman.

This year's theme was 'Education for Peace' - looking at how education can be used to resolve tensions and fight terrorism, racism, islamophobia and other issues across Bradford and the wider world.

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