Hyde Mela a great success

HYDE’S first ever mela event has been hailed a huge success – now planning is on for the next one.

An estimated 5,000 people descended on Hyde Park for the celebration of the area’s community and its culture. Singers, dancers and musicians wowed on the stage while refreshment stalls proved popular.

Local MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Andrew Gwynne soaked up what was on offer.

And after an encouraging debut in 2021, thoughts have already turned to what will happen in 2022.Cllr Shibley Alam, a member of the organising committee, said: “I’m excited to get organising on next year’s event.

“A big thank you to all who came along and made it a wonderful community event – exactly what we were aiming for when we kicked things off.”

Hyde Mela was the first to be held in Tameside – but will not be the last.

Fellow organiser Andrew Richardson said: “Our hard work paid off.

“Without the audience’s support, we could not have made this event a success.

“Hopefully we will meet again next year.”

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