Members of the newly formed ‘More in Common’ group will be marking the United Nations Day against racism and xenophobia by gathering at the Birdcage in Kendal on March 22 between 10am and 2pm.

Alison Gilchrist, of the group, said: "The purpose of the event is twofold: to prepare the town for the arrival of Syrian refugees next month so that together as residents we will offer understanding and welcome; and to raise awareness and confidence around tackling prejudice and hate crime."

Campaigners will be engaging members of the public in conversations using the word ‘hello’ in the many different languages spoken in Kendal.


"People will be invited to write messages of welcome, which will be hung on a ‘washing line’ of solidarity to demonstrate our town’s commitment to being a place of sanctuary and support for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees," said Ms Gilchrist.

"The theme will emphasise that we have ‘more in common’ than we sometimes realise, and this will carry forward the political message of Jo Cox, the campaigning MP.

"This event is supported by various groups in Kendal including Global Justice Now, the Green Party, Amnesty International, the Labour Party and members of the local Quakers."