A Mosque In The Mendips


20040305When leaders of the tiny Muslim community in the Somerset market town of Yeovil put forward tentative plans for a mosque, they were shocked by the reaction they received. The local paper published angry letters opposing the scheme and the BNP moved in, hoping to capitalise on the controversy ahead of the local elections. David Lomax investigates what the row over a mosque by the Mendips tells us about race relations in a part of rural Britain where 99% of the population describe themselves as white. He discovers that the statistics mask an unpleasant reality - one that some local people and community leaders find hard to acknowledge.