Hundreds turn out to celebrate Indian Republic Day

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Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday, January 26, to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Republic of India.

The celebration, organised by the Wellingborough District Hindu Association (WDHA) at the Hindu Community Centre in Highfield Road in the town, included traditional Indian music and dancing among a range of entertainment.

The Royal British Legion was also in attendance to perform the British national anthem.

Vimal Shah, the event co-ordinator, said he was pleased with the turnout, which he put at between 500 and 600.

“Last year was pretty big but I think today will be bigger,” he said.

“We have got local performers from Wellingborough and Northampton. The youngest performer is four years old. It’s mostly youngsters taking part – for them it’s a great opportunity to perform in front of the public. It’s a real confidence booster.”

WDHA chairman Pritul Khagram paid tribute to everyone who was involved in the show, which was also attended by representatives of other local organisations, including Northamptonshire Police and local councils.

Mayor Ken Harrington told the audience it was an honour to have been invited to the show.

He said: “We in Wellingborough are so lucky to live in such a wonderful, harmonious and multi-cultural place.”

To see more pictures from the event click here.