A CHRISTMAS tree sparkles in the corner while traditional Indian music sounds in the background.
So starts a joint celebration of traditional festivities from the East and the West.
The difference of the two cultures were brought together at a Diwali Christmas Celebration at Blackpool Sixth Form on Saturday night.
Organised by the Fylde Coast Hindu Society, the evening saw guests from all backgrounds enjoy traditional Indian dancing, a Bollywood number performed by the Nrtya Jyoti Community Arts Organisation Supplementary School and songs by the choir of St George’s High School in Marton.
Before the evening, guests sampled a selection of Indian starters, and afterwards were treated to a traditional Eastern supper.
It was the first time the Fylde Coast Hindu Society had presented an East Meets West event, but organisers said they hoped it was the first of many.
Blackpool College’s principal, Felicity Greeves, said it had been an honour and a privilege to be the hosting venue for such an event.