* Collective insanity: multiculti-diversity over powerful loudspeakers:
It is just a few days until Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar. But for 700 Muslims who have gathered in a rural caravan park, this week has a different religious significance.
And to some of their neighbours, the thrice-daily calls to prayer are proving a strain on a harmonious relationship. The Iranian Muslims have converged on the Trevelgue Holiday Park in Porth, Cornwall, to celebrate yesterday’s Persian New Year.
Â The holiday park, where worshippers said seagulls were louder than the call to prayers
Every day at sunrise, noon and sunset they broadcast their
prayers Muhammedan war cry, known as Adhan, on a loudspeaker system. But some residents are complaining that the noise is shattering the idyll of the quiet village near Newquay.
Neighbour Emma Brewer, 35, said “the novelty soon wore off” after the group arrived at the camp last weekend.
She said: “It lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and it is rather loud. I’m a bit naffed off by it, to be honest.”
Another resident added: “We are going to have to put up with this all week. It’s going off in the morning, at 5am.”
A neighbour from nearby St Columb Minor says he was offended because he could hear the chanting as he made his way back from church.
He said: “Why was this broadcast at such a high level of volume so as to be heard miles away? Do the Christian church bells ring out in amplified volumes on Fridays in areas where they are at prayer?
“This was totally unnecessary especially on such an important day in our Christian calendar.”