Acton Green Drums for Trade Justice

Drum beats resound in attempt to beat the Guinness World Record

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A Senegalese drum beat resounded over Acton Green last Saturday when an attempt was made to beat the Guinness World Record of 10,102 drummers drumming across the country at the same time.

On the anniversary of the G8 Summit at Gleneagles last year the event, organised nation-wide by Christian Aid, was to drum home the message to government that the promises made there must be honoured.

Simon Brett taught the drummers assembled with drums, biscuit tins and baking trays the Senegalese beat, then led them on the stroke of 12 noon for 5 minutes.

Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, welcomed Ann Keen MP and Alan Keen MP and those gathered on behalf of Churches Together in Chiswick including the newly ordained Deacon at St Michael and All Angels, Mother Katherine Hedderly.

A message of support from the Bishop of Kensington, represented by his Chaplain, Rev David Maher was read out, telling us how trade justice can help people out of poverty. Mozambique has a set price at which imported sugar must be sold, so that locally produced sugar can compete. As a result, 20,000 people are now employed in sugar factories and plantations.

In her response, Ann Keen's support for Trade Justice was total. She said, 'We can never say we didn't know what was happening at the other end of the world. I shall be ashamed if we haven't made a difference'.


July 25, 2006