Eid: Thousands attend prayers at Blackburn Rovers stadium

Eid prayers attended by thousands at Rovers Stadium in Blackburn
Families from across the region took part in congregational Eid prayers on the pitch at Ewood Park, the home of Blackburn Rovers.

Families from across the region took part in congregational Eid prayers on the pitch at Ewood Park, the home of Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers became the first football club in England to host Eid prayers today. The festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In what was a rare occasion of late, Muslims from across the UK were all celebrating the festival on the same day after a late announcement last night meant a unified Eid day could take place.

Worshippers, both men and women, began to arrive at Ewood Park after 8.30am and as numbers picked up organisers had to lay out further plastic sheeting to accommodate the people.

Volunteers were on hand to manage traffic outside the ground.

Buses had been laid on by organisers to encourage people to travel together to and from the stadium.

Sheikh Wasim Kempson led prayers and also performed the traditional Eid day sermon in front of a crowd of 2000.

Later attendees were welcomed by the chief executive of Blackburn Rovers, Steve Waggott, before the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Derek Hardman, thanked the club for hosting the event.