THE SPEAKER OF Tower Hamlets Council, Cllr Mohammad Ahbab Hossain, hosted the Speaker’s Ball 2021 in the East Winter Gardens in Canary Wharf on 7th December 2021. This was the first fundraising event held since the start of the pandemic.
Tower Hamlets Council celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh this year with a number of events which took place over the last nine months. This celebration aimed to honour the coming together of British and Bangladeshi culture. Guests at the ball congratulated the people of Bangladesh, those around the world as well as in their mother country, and sent them their best wishes.
The Tower Hamlets Speaker’s event raised money for three charities which are working hard to provide opportunities for people in Tower Hamlets: Capital Kids Cricket, the Patchwork Foundation and Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts.
The Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, was the Chief Guest at the dinner. The 500 guests present included Canary Wharf Group Associate Director Dr Zakir Khan; Tower Hamlets Council Deputy Mayor Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman; Cllr Muhammed Ayas Miah; Cllr Shah Suhel; Cllr Sabina Akhtar; Cllr Victoria Obaze; Cllr Sirajul Islam; Cllr Tarik Ahmed Khan; Channel S Founder Mahee Firdous; London Tea Exchange CEO Sheikh Aliur Rahman; Capital Kids Cricket CEO Shahidul Alam Ratan; BBCCI president Bashir Ahmed; BBCCI former President Shahagir Bakth Faruk; BBCCI London Regional President Abul Hyat Nurjjaman; and GLA member Unmesh Desai.
Organisations which supported the event included the Canary Wharf Group; local social landlords Poplar HARCA, Swan Housing, Southern Housing Group and East End Homes; Hill; the London Tea Exchange; the British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry; developers Ballymore and Rockwell Property; the Far East Consortium; HCL technology; Sonargan Restaurant; Tower Hamlets Homes and Beani Bazaar Cancer Hospital. The event was also supported by Councillors and Directors of Service from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.