Local residents, community leaders and a host of celebrities flocked to the premiere of Stories of Brent earlier today, which took place right here in Brent Civic Centre.
The highly-anticipated film hit the big screens, celebrating the things that make Brent special and telling the stories of the people, communities and history of the borough.
The short, community-based documentary brings together residents of all ages, local celebrities and community leaders to talk about their memories of living in Brent. As part of the borough's Love Where You Live campaign, Stories of Brent is part of the drive to instil a sense of pride in the community and encourages residents to take ownership of the borough and of the opportunities available here.
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, was involved in the film and said:
"I was born and have lived in Brent my whole life, and I take a huge amount of pride in where I live. The sense of community spirit in this borough is really heartening and it's this pride that drives residents of Brent to work hard, day in, day out, to build a better borough for themselves, and for future generations."
The film showcases some big names from the music, television and sporting worlds who were all born and bred in Brent, and are proud to share their stories and memories of growing up in the borough that shaped and encouraged them to succeed.
Rachel Yankey, captain of England Women's Football Team, joined us at the premiere and told us how growing up in Brent gave her the inspiration to chase her sporting dreams. She said:
"As a young person wanting to play football, I was so proud that the home of football was in the borough that I lived in.
"I enjoyed going to watch matches in Wembley Stadium as a young person. Now, when I play football for Great Britain, I am proud and feel that I'm doing my little bit for the borough that encouraged me to reach for the stars.
"Now, I coach young kids around the borough. I want to let them know that here in Brent, if you work hard you can achieve your dreams, no matter what they are."
Rowann Limond, Interim Managing Director of Brent Housing Partnership, which produced Stories of Brent, said:
"Brent is one of the most diverse boroughs in London and this film is an important tool to help celebrate the borough's spirit, as well as instilling a sense of pride, breaking down barriers and working towards BHP's mission of building stronger communities."
Tell us what you think makes Brent special and why you love where you live. Share your Story of Brent by:
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- visiting our Love Where You Live campaign
- liking the Stories of Brent Facebook page
You can watch highlights of the premiere on the Brent Council Facebook page.