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Colour and celebrations as new Sikh temple in Newcastle opens

Colourful celebrations mark the opening of the new temple Photo: ITV

It's been an historic day for Tyneside's Sikh community with the official opening of a new temple that cost the community £2.7 million to build.

The new building, just off the city's Westgate Road, replaces an old Temple which has been used or almost 35 years.

Today a Holy Book was moved from the old building to the new in a colourful ceremony.

The new Sikh temple in Newcastle Credit: ITV
The Holy Book is moved form the old temple to the new one Credit: ITV

The project has taken 15 years to complete.

The new Temple, called a Gurdwara, will be used as a focal point for the entire community. As well as worship, it has classrooms, meeting rooms and a large dining area.

Around 700 people from all faiths turned out to the opening of the new Temple Credit: ITV

Watch the full report on the opening of the new Temple here: