Anyone for tea?

Words and photos by Dave Barry 

Wendy Heselton-Wu served Chinese tea from an iron teapot at an event which celebrated equality and diversity.

Wearing a modernised costume from China’s Han dynasty, she offered other teas including semi-fermented oolong tea, Kun Lun herbal chrysanthemum tea and a flower tea.

Wendy, which is the anglicised version of her Chinese name Juan, infused the tea in an iron teapot with enamelled interior.

She and other volunteers served tea and coffee from various parts of the world at the event, at the YMCA on Sunday.

It was organised by We are Scarborough, a community action group which respects identity, appreciates differences and celebrates diversity.

Partners include Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the police, Coast and Vale Community Action and Yorkshire Coast Homes.

Julie Hay, who chairs We are Scarborough, was serving strong Ethiopian coffee. Members of the Syrian refugee community served Arabic coffee. The police served Yorkshire tea.

Milly Estrada and her daughter Leidy Gomez offered a hot chocolate called Toddy from Venezuela, where they originate.

An inflatable globe was used to show visitors where the drinks were from.

Among other things, We are Scarborough targets hate crime. Hate crime is an act of violence, hostility or prejudice directed at people because of who they are - or who someone thinks they are. 

A similar event will be held in the Crescent in June.