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Timeless appeal of love letters


Cecil reading  an old love letter to the crowd at the George Town Festival event at UAB Building, Penang.

Cecil reading an old love letter to the crowd at the George Town Festival event at UAB Building, Penang.

DECLARATIONS of love done the old- fashioned way warmed the hearts of many at a George Town Festival (GTT) project called ‘Love Letters’.

The event saw a crowd at the UAB Building in China Street reminiscing about their past romances by sharing and reading aloud their old love letters.

Among those who shared their romantic epistles were civil society activist Datuk Anwar Fazal, who is chairman of Think City, and lawyer-poet Cecil Rajendra.

The two-hour session started with the group sitting in a semi-circle.

They then took turns standing in the middle to read out a love letter written by themselves, their parents, relatives or ancestors.

Cecil, 77, who moderated the event, said love in the event’s context not only included romantic love but also the fondness between family members and friends.

Also present was GTF director Joe Sidek.

GTF is held yearly to celebrate George Town’s inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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