Bollywood night is fundraising success for South Shields school

A cultural evening of dancing and fun raised cash for a South Tyneside school.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 5:00 pm
Masum Chowdhury, left, with Friends of Hadrian Farzana Khan and Lisa Smith and Aklasur Rahman, owner of Rice and Spice.

The Friends of Hadrian hosted a Ladies’ Bollywood Night in support of Hadrian Primary School, in South Shields.

The event, held at the school in Baring Street, raised £350, which will be used to fund projects and buy equipment for the school.

The Friends of Hadrian held a Ladies' Bollywood Night at Hadrian Primary School.

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The night featured curry and rice, provided by Aklasur Rahman, owner of restaurant Rice N Spice, a cookery competition which saw a lamb biryani take first prize, music and dancing, nail and make-up demonstrations, henna painting, and Indian head massage.

The grand finale was a dance routine by the ladies of the Hindu Nari Sangh Bollywood SandDancers.

Lisa Smith, chairwoman of Friends of Hadrian, said: “We often struggle to engage the mothers of our large ethnic minority population with traditional fundraising events so we decided to host a Ladies’ Bollywood night to entice them into school.

“It was a brilliant night, we will be doing it again.”

Hadrian Primary School staff members Phillipa Baxendale, left, and Heather Amar.

Jean Nixon, deputy head teacher at Hadrian Primary School, added: “The Bollywood night was a great success and we were delighted to see so many people present, celebrating our local community.”

The Friends of Hadrian held a Ladies' Bollywood Night at Hadrian Primary School.
Hadrian Primary School staff members Phillipa Baxendale, left, and Heather Amar.