Exeter Respect is my town’s yearly celebration of diversity. It’s a gathering where the performers and creative artists get together with the community to say a big fat NO to racism and all forms of prejudice.
Respect has been around for about 15 years and gets bigger every year. Running for two days, about 20,000 people come to chill and play in the sunshine of this festival that is run by volunteers and is free for all.
‘ The Respect ethos is a simple one: racism and prejudice often spring from fear, and fear is often based on ignorance, so lets’ overcome ignorance by getting to know one another and sharing not shunning our cultures. One of the best ways to get to know someone is to enjoy yourself with them, hence our celebratory event and adoption of the old Commission for Racial Equality slogan: All Different, All Equal!’
This year Number One Son, Number One Daughter in Law and my Lush Grandbabies came to enjoy the day with me.