Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was delighted to make a return visit to Eid in the Park yesterday, highlighting the importance of the club integrating in the community.
For the second year running, the manager was a special guest at the festival, which welcomed all faiths to Corporation Park for an action-packed day of family fun.
The event featured food and drink stalls, funfair rides, competitions, donkey rides, small-sided football matches hosted by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, as well as appearances from the Rovers boss and rising stars John Buckley and Dan Butterworth.
Mowbray was pleased that the club could play their part in the celebrations and was encouraged by the excitement his visit generated.
“I think it’s important for Blackburn the community,” he said.
“I know it’s all about Eid and the celebration of the end of Ramadan, but it’s really about communities coming together.
“It’s important that Blackburn as a community feel united, so I’m delighted, as Blackburn Rovers are, to be here and to mingle in the community.
“The town has a huge community of Muslim people coming out of Ramadan, but I think it’s about community rather than one religion.
“It’s important that we integrate and Blackburn Rovers integrates with the community.
“It’s been a very nice day. There’s so many young Muslim kids coming up to me and recognising me, and being excited.
“It shows me that they do have an interest in football and they do know who Bradley Dack and Danny Graham are.
“Whether it’s a long-term or a short-term plan, we do have to integrate into the community as much as we can as a football club, through lots of different avenues.
“We’ve got Dan Butterworth and John Buckley here today, Danny Graham was due to attend yesterday, and it’s important that we integrate into the community and be a part of it.”