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Nagar Kirtan procession draws thousands onto Redbridge streets

PUBLISHED: 13:35 08 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:49 10 September 2014

Nagar Kirtan took place on Sunday leading to thousands of Skihs and other community members flocking onto the streets of Redbridge

Nagar Kirtan took place on Sunday leading to thousands of Skihs and other community members flocking onto the streets of Redbridge

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Thousands of Sikhs took part in the Nagar Kirtan procession from Barking gurdwara to the Seven Kings gurdwara in High Road, Ilford, on Sunday.

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The celebration, which was attended by about 3,500 people, commemorates the revelation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhs.

The procession, which started at 11am, saw hymns sung from the Guru Granth Sahib along the route.

Mankamal Singh, 40, treasurer of the Seven Kings gurdwara, said: “For us Sikhs, the singing gives a spiritual dimension - but it does generate a lot of interest on the streets of Ilford with people coming out of their houses to see what is going on. It was very uplifting.”

Mr Singh thanked the younger members of the Sikh community for their efforts in managing the procession working as volunteers.

“It was nice to see the next generation participating - you could see people picking up any litter [at the end],” he added.

Free food was offered at pop up stands lining the walk.


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