DOZENS of people made a record attendance at an annual celebration of diversity and inclusivity.

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester's interfaith picnic saw people of many faiths, ages and nationalities come together at St Mary's Park, Prestwich, on Sunday.

Among the diverse attendees aged six to 75 were Muslims, Jews, Christians and Humanists; as well people born in France, Pakistan and the UK who took the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy delicious food.

The picnic also drew several notable guests including novelist Qaisra Shahraz, two former Lord Mayors of Manchester, a former Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood, former and sitting councillors from Bury and Salford, alongside Manchester MP Afzal Khan and Councillor Rabbi Arnold Saunders as well as many interfaith activists.

Anne Isaac, who is a French Muslim, said: "The picnic had a lovely atmosphere and it was easy to speak to people while enjoying shared food. My friend who I had brought with me had never come to the group before but felt everyone was very friendly and easy to get on with.”