MANCHESTER: The Prince of Wales has praised the work of the British Muslim Heritage Centre, telling those gathered for his visit: “How important your communities are here in this country.”
Charles visited the centre, in the Whalley Range area of Manchester, as he began a series of engagements in the North West.
He was greeted by children from local schools waving Union flags before he was shown around the centre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Asian Image has reported.
The prince told trustees, workers and representatives of local businesses and community groups: “I’ve been so impressed by all the different initiatives and projects you run here and the difference you are making, in terms of all the work you are doing in the community, but also in terms of linking all the other communities together.
“It is obviously of huge importance, this dialogue and activity. If I may say so, I just wanted to congratulate you and to say how much I admire all the work you are doing. And how important your communities are here in this country.”
Dressed in a blue pin-striped suit and a patterned tie, the prince looked relaxed as he joked with guests.
The head of projects for the centre, Ashraf Ali, said Charles took particular interest in the Stories of Sacrifice Exhibition, which is first about the Muslims who fought for Britain in the First World War.