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Parade in Gravesend to mark Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

The parade follows a route through the town centre

A parade has taken place through the streets of Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. The annual event followed prayers at the Gravesend Gurdwara temple, and speeches.

All members of the local community have been invited to join the celebrations.

The procession is called the Nagar Kirtan procession

"On behalf of the Management Committee I would like to invite all the residents of Gravesham to come and attend the festivities which will be taking place at the Gurdwara and in the Town Centre.

"The Sikh community has a long and proud history here in Gravesham and we appreciate the support of all our partners and the local community in making Vaisakhi such a colorful spectacle."

– Davinder Singh Bains , President of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

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Worshippers arrive to celebrate Sikh festival of Vaisakhi

People arriving at Gurdwara in Gravesend Credit: Andy Dickenson

The Sikh community in Gravesend have been arriving at the Gurdwara temple in Gravesham ahead of celebrations to mark their holy festival of Vaisakhi. Hundreds of people will parade through the streets.

Vaisakhi originates from the harvest festival in the Punjab region of India. It also marks establishment of the Sikh community - known as the Khalsa.

The temple is at the centre of today's celebrations
New arrivals ahead of Vaisakhi celebrations

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Concern for missing teenager

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Kent Police is appealing for help to find a missing teenager.

Tia Addison is 14 years-old, and was last seen leaving her home in Gravesend on the evening of 2nd February, at around 8.30pm.

She was believed to be going to Northfleet but has not been seen since and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

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Appeal into whereabouts of teenager in Gravesend

Police want to speak to members of the public who helped a teenager in Gravesend.

The girl is safe and well, but officers are investigating the circumstances of her whereabouts up until the time she came to Gravesend police station.

The girl, described as black and wearing red jeans, a black hooded coat and black and white trainers, is thought to have spoken to a number of people and asked for directions to the nearest police station, where she arrived in a distressed state at 7.20pm on the evening of Tuesday 19th January.

"This is an unusual set of circumstances and we are making enquiries to establish where the girl may have been staying and under what conditions.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the girl walking or those who spoke to her."

– Detective Constable Rob Sircar, of Kent Police
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