The Lord Mayor’s Eid reception took place on 13 October 2014 at Westminster City Hall, London. More than eighty guests attended the reception and speeches were given by Lord Mayor Cllr Audrey Lewis and Westminster Bangladeshi Welfare Trust (WBWT) Chairman Mr Shaista Miah.
A special welcome was given by the Lord Mayor who spoke about the important contribution people of Islamic faith make to Westminster City Council. In her speech she said: “Eid reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of British Muslims to building the very fabric of Westminster City Council and strengthening the core of our values. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.”
Then the floor was given to WBWT Chairman Mr Shaista Miah and during his speech he mentioned that Eid-ul-Adha is the system of denying ourselves from the greater part of the food derived from the sacrificed cattle for the sake of the poor brethren; where our symbolic act finds practical expression in benevolence, and that exactly is the sublime message that Eid-ul-Adha conveys.
Mr Shaista Miah further added that he appreciated the contribution of funders, donors and partners for the smooth functioning of WBWT, especially CityWest Homes and Westminster City Council and the councillors for Churchill, Tachbrook, Vincent Square and Warwick wards. The reception was attended by a Member of Parliament, Councillors, local government officials and people from different faith and from all works of life.
CityWest Homes was represented by Maria Gillies, Lorna Whitehorn, Leon Williams and Debbie Clancey.