the north face jumper Controversial Panorama programme about Blackburn a ‘slap in the face’
“Mosques have held several open days to try and bring people in and to get people mixing, but there was no mention of this or any of the good work which is going on to help people come together.”
Faz Patel, an East Lancashire community relations adviser, said: “This programme was a slap in the face for Blackburn. It’s tarnished the image of the town and it will reflect badly on us for years to come. I was so angry at this programme and I have spoken to a lot of people who think the same way.”
In response to Monday night’s programme, Hannah Allen, CEO of Blackburn YouthZone, said: “Blackburn Youth Zone is a testament to the work being done by groups across Blackburn and Darwen to create a more cohesive Britain.
“There is always more that can be done to create cohesion within communities, the same goes around the globe and we accept that; but we would also encourage anyone who is passionate about Blackburn and Darwen to find out more about the work we do. When we work together we improve our community.”