Polish celebration to take place in Evesham - The Evesham Observer

Polish celebration to take place in Evesham

Evesham Editorial 30th Apr, 2017 Updated: 1st May, 2017   0

A TASTE of Polish culture and traditions will be on offer during a special celebration in the heart of Evesham.

Members of the Polish community will be on hand for a day of events next Sunday (May 7) in Market Square.

The day is being organised by members of the Polish Catholic Mission who help Poles unite with English people and help them take care of Polish culture and traditions.

From midday, a Polish BBQ, home made cakes, music, face-painting, activities for youngsters, music and the chance to take part in a lottery and pick up some Polish souvenirs will all be on offer.

Staff at the Valkyrie Cafe Bar will also be painting the town red and white by serving Polish beer to mark the occasion.

The event is part of the Polish Heritage Day project by the Polish Embassy in London and is one of more than 40 events planned across the UK and supported by the Polish Consulates in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Organisers hope the event will become an annual celebration and Polish Heritage Day is planned for the weekend after the symbolic date of May 3.

On that day in 1791 Poland proclaimed its modern codified constitution as the first country in Europe and the second in the world after the United States – a symbol of freedom and equality.

A number of city councils across the country have already expressed their support for the project by offering patronage and raising the white-and-red flags on town halls during the festival as a gesture of openness and symbol of friendship.

The Polish community is a mixture of the descendants of those wartime and anti-communist exiles and those who decided to move to Britain after Poland joined the EU in 2004.

One of the organisers, Maria Kwiecien told the Observer: “Polish nationals are now the largest minority in the UK, estimated at 984,000.

“Poles have opened 30,000 businesses in the UK and pride themselves in the highest rate of individuals in employment or higher education among all ethnic groups in Britain at 92 per cent,” she added.

Visit www.facebook.com and search for Polish Heritage Day in Evesham or Evesham Mocni w Panu or follow #PLHeritageDay on Twitter for more information.

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