A pioneering cricket initiative is helping to break down racial barriers in a town which has been scarred by the antics of locally born Jihadists and home-grown terrorism.
Dewsbury in Yorkshire is perhaps better known for being the home of Mohammad Sidique Khan, the ringleader of the four suicide bombers that attacked London on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people.
Latterly, too, another of its citizens - 17-year-old Talha Asmal - became Britain’s youngest suicide bomber killing 11 people near an Iraqi oil works.
Now, though, as the nation remembers the tenth anniversary of the July 7 bombings in London, comes a story of a flourishing initiative to bring segregated communities in the town together.
The scheme, which has led to the formation of three cricketing teams formed from the town’s schools - two representative largely Asian schools and one the white community, has brought the different communities in the town together in a way not previously managed in the area.
According to head coach Yusuf Karolia, it has brought young children into contact with those from other communities they might otherwise never have met. It has even led to them being recognised by Lords for the work they have done.
“That’s something that would have been pie in the sky before this project,” he said.
“They are rubbing shoulders with people they would never dreamt of meeting beforehand.”
The project, run by the cricketing charity Chance to Shine - with sponsorship from Lycamobile, has won praise in an evaluation of its work by researchers from Loughborough University.
“Dewsbury is a town where the aim of increasing the sense of inclusion and well-being by marginalised and disadvantaged people is challenging due to the ways in which communities are insular and where some communities experience high levels of deprivation,” it says.
Organisers of the scheme realised they had a success story on their hands when the pupils from the white schools pleaded with them to allow some of the Asian young people to play in their team.
“There were about 50-plus Asian kids there - all cricket mad, all love it and after the first game, (the white kids) got absolutely hammered,” the scheme’s project manager recalls.
“They got beaten so badly and they came up to the coaches and said ‘Can we swap some of our players? Can we swap three of our players for three of the Dewsbury (Moor) players so in effect making it more even.”
He concluded: “I mean that wouldn’t have happened without the cricket ... so that’s one of the sort of great ways cricket can help to break down the barriers really.”
Teachers reported that involvement with the scheme had helped improve their p8upil’s confidence and helped to reduce their marginalisation from society.
There was also praise for the involvement of the local police who took time out to play with the pupils and help with coaching. That led to their invitation to Lords where the scheme won an award for its attempts to promote “peace at the crease”.
PC Tim Hayes, one of the officers involved with the young cricketers, said: “From my perspective, supporting and participating in the sessions as a police officer has helped break down barriers between young people and the police.
“When I walk around Dewsbury now, on or off duty, I often see a familiar face from the project, past or present, and I’m always greeted positively and warmly.”
It is a far different cry from the image conjured up during the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings which appeared to set community against community.
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
In pictures: The 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings
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Security staff and workers from Hyde Park observe a minutes silence at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People pause for a minutes silence at Kings Cross Underground station in London, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks amid a welter of warnings about the enduring and changing threat from terrorism a decade on
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Members of staff working within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Police officers within the grounds observe a minutes silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon
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Representatives from 7 Company, Coldstream Guards and HQ London District join the national act of remembrance for the 7th July bombings 10th year anniversary beside the Ministry of Defence Main Building in central London and led by Rabbi Major Reuben Livingstone
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People observe a nationwide minute's silence on the 10 year anniversary of the 7/7 London attacks which killed 52 people, facing in the direction of a plaque and flowers laid at the location of where a suicide bomber blew themselves up during the morning rush hour on a bus in Tavistock Square
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George Psaradakis (centre), the driver of the number 30 bus which was blown up in Tavistock Square, looks at floral tributes left close to the scene of the bombings in London
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People stop to observe a minute's silence at Aldgate underground station, in memory of the victims of the July 7 bombings
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station, London, which names those who were killed in the bombings at the station
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Members of various religious groups pray during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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Poppy petals fall from the roof during a service in St Paul's Cathedral, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the London Bombings in London
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A police officer looks at flowers left at Kings Cross Underground station in London
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Flowers left by the July 7 memorial plaque at Aldgate Station
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Boris Johnson and David Cameron place wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park, London
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson take part in a wreath laying ceremony in London's Hyde Park, in memory of the 52 victims of the 7/7 London attacks
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David Cameron and Boris Johnson during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, in Hyde Park
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From left: Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police, Adrian Leppard, Commissioner City of London Police, and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, carry wreathes at the July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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People look at flowers left in Tavistock Square
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7/7 survivor Gill Hicks (centre) arrives with flowers at Russell Square tube station
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People embrace outside Edgware Road tube station, as Britain remembers the July 7 attacks
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A lady carrying flowers leaves Russell Square tube station
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Faith leaders promote religious unity in central London, as Britain prepares to mark 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people were killed
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Gill Hicks, (L) a survivor of the 7/7 London terror attacks, embraces police constable Andrew Maxwell outside Kings Cross Station in London, during an event to launch a walk by faith leaders promoting religious unity ahead of the anniversary of the attacks
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is pictured in London's Hyde Park
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The July 7 memorial in Hyde Park
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A memorial dedicated to the 52 people that were killed during the 7/7 terror attacks in London is cleaned in London's Hyde Park