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  1. Tejinder Kaur

Midlands Memories: Diwali 1976-style !

Thousands of people across the Midlands are marking Diwali Day today. Leicester is now well-established as hosting the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India, with 37,000 people turning out to see around 6,000 lights being switched on Belgrave Road earlier.

Birmingham's Soho Road is also home to some of the Midlands' biggest celebrations for the Festival of Light. It's mainly celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

So for our latest Midlands Memories update, we've found a 1976 short video showing residents in Leicester preparing to celebrate Diwali at home with lots of Rangoli patterns. Watch our video as one resident explains why she's decorating her doorstep with lots of colour patterns.

Click here for the big build-up to the Diwali lights switch-on in Leicester.

  1. Tejinder Kaur

Midlands Memories: 1940s Remembrance Day parade

Ahead of this weekend's Remembrance Day parades across the Midlands, we've found an archive video of a parade from around the 1940s, marking the heroic efforts of our personnel.

Take a look at this short clip showing a Remembrance Day parade in Sandiacre in Derbyshire.

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