Picture the scene.
You are a peace loving group of muslims living in Yorkshire miles away from the horrific stabbing in Woolwich London, and you discover to your horror that the far right group the EDL (English Defence League) plan to pay your mosque a little visit and it’s unlikely to be a social call.
So. What do you do?
Do you hide?
Call the police?
Increase your numbers and prepare to fight fire with fire?
No. What these delightful Northern folk did was put the kettle on, and greeted those no doubt threatening, pugilistic individuals with a tray of tea and biscuits in the spirit of openness, friendship and understanding.
No doubt taken aback and mollified by this simple act of kindness, some of them actually accepted this hospitality and even joined in their football match afterwards.
I’ve always believed in the soothing, comforting properties of tea, and this story has totally made my day.
I reckon Drummer Lee Rigby would have approved, and were he still here, joined them for a mug of the brown stuff and a kick around too.
Love comes in many forms and sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the greatest levellers.
Love, peace and big mug of Yorkshires finest to you all x