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Goodmayes Cricket Club celebrates 70 years of Indian independence

PUBLISHED: 19:37 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:37 21 August 2017

Families gather to play cricket and celebrate Indian Independence Day, with guest Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Families gather to play cricket and celebrate Indian Independence Day, with guest Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Catherine Davison

On Sunday, the men and women of Goodmayes Cricket Club (GCC) celebrated the 70th anniversary of the independence of India.

Children dressed up for Indian Independence Day are presented with medals by former Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine DavisonChildren dressed up for Indian Independence Day are presented with medals by former Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

At Goodmayes Park, patriotic attendees including the former mayor of Redbridge Cll Gurdial Bhamra, celebrated the anniversary.

They were encouraged to dress in the colours of India’s flag - saffron, white and green - which enthusiastic youngsters took to heart.

For the first time ever, a womens team also entered the competition at the park in Aberdour Road.

Jatin Nigam, who helped organised the celebrations, said the event had been thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Players watch the match from the sidelines, at a cricket match to celebrate Indian Independence Day on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine DavisonPlayers watch the match from the sidelines, at a cricket match to celebrate Indian Independence Day on 20th August, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

He said: “It was very nice, we had a really good time.”

Around 65 people attended the event, which included an award ceremony and entertainment for children.

There are currently over 45,000 people of Indian descent living in Redbridge.

When British rule ended in 1947 and British India was separated into the independent states of India and Pakistan, the largest migration in human history took place along the Grand Trunk Road.

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