A multi-faith celebration was hosted by Yorkshire’s Muslim community in Bradford today to mark the Queen’s 90 years on her official birthday.
The event was organised by the Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Amjad Bashir under the banner of the One Britain One Nation initiative.
Faith leaders and followers from the Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities gathered at the Karmand Community Centre, Barkerend Road to sing birthday greetings to monarch and to cut a specially made giant birthday cake.
Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire David Dinmore represented the Queen and led the singing of the national anthem.
Other special guests included the Bishop of Bradford Toby Howarth, Imam Sajid Farashvi, West Yorkshire Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, West Yorkshire Fire Service District Commander Martin Speed, and the founder of One Britain One Nation Kash Singh.
Mr Bashir told the gathering that as the day fell during the Muslim holy time of Ramadan, there could be no birthday feast – but instead guests were each given a box of Asian sweetmeats and a slice of the cake.
After cutting the cake he said: “It makes me proud to bring together so many people from different faiths and communities with once common cause – to say thank you and happy birthday to our wonderful Queen.
“She is Queen not only for this great country but for all the Commonwealth, and people from all different backgrounds respect and love her for her many years of service.
“This was a small way of showing our unity and loyalty to her.”