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Parade for the Great War Sikhs

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Members of Preston’s Sikh community paraded through the city centre in remembrance of those who fought in the First World War.

Hundreds marched through the streets, making their way from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Singh Sabha on Bow Lane to the Flag Market.

The sun blazed down as the crowds marched up Fishergate Hill, on to Cheapside and to the war memorial, to remember those lost in conflict.

The free family event included live martial arts, children’s activities including a bouncy castle, as well as food, ice cream and arts and crafts.

It was organised by members of the Bow Lane temple, to mark the role Sikh soldiers played in the war.

Organiser Gurumukh Singh, who planned the event alongside colleague Buphinder Singh, said: “The weather was fantastic, it was on our side and it certainly brought the crowds out.

“There were about 200 people. It started with a Sikh procession in the morning and then people came to the Flag Market at dinner time to see the Sikh martial arts.

“They did a demonstration with real swords – it was the highlight of the event.”

He added: “I would like to thank all the stewards, organisers and dignitaries, and I also want to thank Preston Council and Preston Remembers for all their help.”

 

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