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Faye Rudd of The Richmond Fellowship and Loretta Harmer, a member of the Redfolio community arts project, join Sabrina Absar from Pakistan in making posters for the Olympic displays around Wigan

Faye Rudd of The Richmond Fellowship and Loretta Harmer, a member of the Redfolio community arts project, join Sabrina Absar from Pakistan in making posters for the Olympic displays around Wigan

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COSMOPOLITAN Wigan has been celebrated as part of Refugee Week.

An international Welcome Stranger food and art day was organised by Swap - the Support for Wigan Arrivals Project.

Rugby legend Billy Boston was to have been the VIP guest, however, he was unable to attend due to a family illness.

But the festivities continued nonetheless with refugees cooking up a mouth-watering range of foods from their respective cultures. Those attending the event at Hallgate House in the town centre also made colourful posters for Olympic displays that will be mounted around Wigan.

Swap chairwoman Cath Foxon said: “In these difficult times it is difficult for ordinary people trying to cope daily with adversity in their own lives to pay attention to the needs of refugees in Wigan.

“But however hard our own personal situation may be, we need to spare a thought for some who are even more unfortunate than ourselves.”