ABOUT THE PROJECT
A TRIBUTE TO SOUTH SHIELDS AND ITS PEOPLE.
This project has been a community effort. Here is the list of it's official trustees and general list of thanks.
The official trustees of the project are people who donated financially (minimum donation of £20) or supported our events with donations to sell/ equipment to use.
Trustees of the YEMENI PROJECT
David and Michelle Hern
also with thanks to...
Hamid Ali and the committee of Al-Azhar Mosque
Emma Lewell-Buck, MP for South Shields
Abdulkarem Yahya Al-Sayadi
Stephen Elliott (Blu fin Media) http://www.blufinmedia.co.uk
Tyne and Wear Museums and specifically Adam Bell
The Shields Gazette and specifically Vicki Newman http://www.shieldsgazette.com
The Chronicle and specifically Kate Proctor
Tyne and Wear Libraries and specifically Catrin Galt
The Mudditt Family
And with extra special thanks to Jemeela Al-Sayadi and Mohamed Al-Sayadi who have supported this project from day 1 and helped in every way possible to make it a reality.
South Shields Yemeni community makes a great social and cultural contribution to our town. The first generations of merchant seamen who arrived in the 19th century were a vital part of the shipping industry that was the heart and soul of local life, and that legacy is still with us today. Our shared history is something we can all be proud of.
People from outside the North East are often surprised to hear that South Shields was and still is home to the first settled Muslim population in the UK, as well as the first purpose-built mosque. To me it isn't a surprise; it says a lot about the successful integration of the Yemeni community and the respect and tolerance our town has for other cultures. We have always depended on visitors and traders and I think that has made us an open and welcoming community.
The example of the Yemeni community is a fantastic demonstration of how different cultures can live together in modern Britain, with different traditions but shared goals and values. Previous generations worked and lived side by side, shared ideas, and started families together, and that process of sharing has enriched our community.
Emma Lewell-Buck - Labour MP
Dear Leyla, I think the project is a great idea for those who had fathers and grandfathers who came from Yemen. For me, my Grandfather was the most precious person I had in my life. He was one of the first Yemeni men to come to South Shields. He had a barbers shop and a fruit shop and was very generous with his time and money. He came from the same place as the Muckbles.
Kenny McRitchie, South Shields - 3rd Generation Yemeni
I think the Yemeni project is a lovely idea as I have been interested in learning more about my grandfather's native Yemen for many years. I feel the Yemeni people are amongst some of the most generous hearted in the world. It is great to share resources, especially photos and the project will help preserve a record of what has become, in South Shields a diminishing community. I am happy to support such a project!
Michelle Hern, South Shields - 3rd generation Yemeni