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Birmingham Central Mosque and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner will be hosting a best of British tea party on Saturday (8).

While the English Defence League and counter demonstrators protest elsewhere in the city, the mosque will be open to all and serving tea, coffee and cakes while draped in bunting and Union Flags.

The tea party will start at 11am and the general public are invited to attend and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with their neighbours.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Every citizen has the right to peacefully protest but I feel the demos on Saturday will bring little more than division to our city and demand to our police force.

“I’d much rather see people at the tea party enjoying themselves with their neighbours.

“Everyone at the mosque is really excited about hosting the event and going all out with the ‘best of British’ decorations.

“I hope to see as many people there as possible, focussing on what unites rather than divides us.”

Muhammed Afzal, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, said: “We would love the focus of Saturday to be our tea party rather than the protests going on elsewhere.

“Our mosque is open to all and we thought the best response to the demonstrations would be to invite our neighbours round for a cup of tea.”

PCC David Jamieson will be attending the event and faith and community leaders from across the region have been invited. 

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