Ipswich to celebrate Obama's victory

IPSWICH will be holding its very own celebration party this weekend to mark the historic election of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States.

IPSWICH will be holding its very own celebration party this weekend to mark the historic election of Barack Obama as the new President of the United States.

Three local groups, Nia Project, Arts La'Olam, and Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, have organised the event taking place this Saturday as a way of celebrating the world-changing event.

Held at the Sanctuary restaurant in the St Nicholas Centre in Cutler Street between 7pm and 11pm, the Barack Obama's Celebration event will consist of a film presented by CSVmedia, music, dance and spoken words from local artists.

Del White, from the Nia Project, who went to New York to witness the election and helped out with the campaign at Obama's headquarters, said: “This is a community gesture to mark this historic occasion.

“I had a wonderful experience in New York for the election and when I came back to England, I wanted to mark it in some way. We celebrate cultural diversity and historic dates like these are important to us.

“Our commitment to diversity and equality is echoed by the all inclusive concept of progress. We validate this for all the children of tomorrow. We celebrate this world-changing event in our community by marking this momentous time in American and global history.”

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John Cook, Labour councillor for the Priory Heath ward, was also over in the States to support the campaign.

He joined Democratic party volunteers in key swing state Ohio in trying to persuade people to make Obama the nation's first black president - and even bumped into former Ipswich resident who introduced himself only as Julius.

Saturday's event is free but you need tickets to get in.

For further information and tickets contact 07960 651156 or 07990 802776. There are also limited tickets available at the Sanctuary restaurant at St Nicholas Centre on 01473 298508 or you can drop in and pick some up.

Are you holding a party for a special occasion? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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