Hundreds of people attended a special event to mark the opening of new community facilities in Whitley Bay.
More than 400 adults and children enjoyed a series of arts and entertainment as the Whitley Bay Islamic Cultural Centre, on Rink Way, opened its doors.
Abdul Hannan, who helped set up the centre, said: “I am delighted that so many people came and enjoyed themselves, took the opportunity to see what the centre has to offer, and also shared their thoughts on how the centre can become a resource for the local community.
“We have also been conducting a community survey and popular ideas are to have an on-site crèche, cookery and other classes, and more youth activities.”
He added: “There is a lot of misunderstanding about Islam, but our centre is here for everyone.”
The event was launched by Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell while other attendees included Mayor Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Janet Hunter and local councillor Ian Grayson.
Local residents Roxanne Wildeman and Veena Bumma-Dykes both won vouchers in a prize draw after completing survey forms.