QPR co-chairman Tony Fernandes said: “We’re delighted to welcome supporters of all nationalities as we kick off this season, and for the chance to show our solidarity with the Polish community.
BARLBY High students took the “Love not Hate” message of murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp during a four-day visit to Germany.
Head boy James Greenall laid a wreath bearing it as well as her words “there is more that unites us than divides us” in commemoration of those who died at the hands of the Nazis in the camp 35 miles north of Berlin.
The Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK), in Hammersmith, had ‘FUCK YOU’ scrawled across its doors in graffiti on Sunday. But since the attack bunches of flowers, cards and other messages of love have been sent to the centre. School children and families have also come out to support the centre.
The anonymous person has put a tub of flowers on the street, with a label reading: “If you are an immigrant to the UK please take a rose.
Jelena Verdina, a teacher who moved to Britain from Latvia 14 years ago, said a customer recently stormed into a coffee shop in the city, where she is in a senior position, and “shouted at me ‘you are going to **** off from this country’.”
She said: “I don’t believe he was from St Albans, I think he was part of the group of people here campaigning to leave the EU.
“Our customers were great as they told him to leave the shop otherwise they would chuck him out.
“I have never been on benefits, and I have paid so much money in tax – I have a house here because this is where I live. Staff were coming to me, asking ‘what will happen to us?’”
“After the result, we had three different customers coming in, to say they love us. It is nice to be in an area where people are very supportive of each other.
“But some staff are very upset, as they don’t know about their future status.”
Aghareed and Sanaa arrived recently in Manchester from Baghdad in Iraq, where the destructive legacy from civil war rages on.
Now in the UK, their biggest frustration is communication – being unable to express themselves in the English language. Without it their employment and social opportunities in the UK are extremely limited.
But the women have found a surprising way to tackle this: dumplings.
Visit Cheetham Hill community centre or Levenshulme Inspire on certain days, and you’ll find Heart and Parcel , a social enterprise using the humble dumpling to bring migrant women together and teach English speaking skills.