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Sikh culture celebrated in Middlesbrough

A colourful procession took to the streets of Middlesbrough on Sunday for the The North East Nagar Kirtan a celebration of Sikh culture.

A colourful spectacle. Credit: ITV News
The event has drawn large crowds. Credit: ITV News
Organisers say the event is for 'everyone'. Credit: ITV News
Spectacular sights and sounds. Credit: ITV News
Quite a relaxing occasion for some. Credit: ITV News
It's even been sunny for the crowds! Credit: ITV News

Middlesbrough hosts big Sikh festival

Hundreds of Sikhs are to gather on Teesside on Sunday for a bright and colourful celebration - The North East Nagar Kirtan.

A colourful procession is promised. Credit: Middlesbrough Council

The annual religious festival sees involves Sikhs taking Sikhism to the streets of Middlesbrough for what promises to be a lively procession.

The event will start at 10.30am at the Sikh Temple on Lorne Street , before moving on to Union Street, via Borough Road and into Middlesbrough Centre Square near Mima.

A spokesman says that the Nagar Kirtan is an open invitation to all, as Sikhism does not differentiate between cast, colour, creed or gender. So everyone is welcome to take part and there will be food for all.

Enjoying the taste of last year's festivities. Credit: Middlesbrough Council

“The support is incredible and it gets stronger each year in the Middlesbrough community. We have been here for over 50 years now so to see new generations coming through the community is fantastic. We are hoping to get people out of their homes or open their doors to hear the hymns and to think about their own faiths. Everyone is welcome to come and spend the day with the Sikh community. This procession is to show our thankfulness to God and to put on a little event for the rest of the community.”

– Jagat Singh, General Secretary of Middlesbrough’s Sikh Temple

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Sikhs bless golden dome for new temple

The Sikh community in Newcastle blessed the new dome in a traditional ceremony. Credit: ITV

The Sikh community in Newcastle has been celebrating the latest stage in the construction of a new Temple.

Music was played, hymns were sung and prayers were said to bless the dome. Credit: ITV

The symbolic golden dome, known as a Gumut, was lifted into place on top of the new building, in Newcastle's west end.

The golden dome was lifted by a crane following the ceremony. Credit: ITV

The new temple replaces the current building, which the community has occupied since the early 1970s. It will be the first purpose-built Sikh place of worship in the North East.

The community has raised £2.4 million for the new building. Credit: ITV

The community hopes it will give them a visible presence in the city.

The dome was carefully lowered into place and secured by builders. Credit: ITV

The building is expected to be ready to use by February 2013, with an official opening ceremony planned for April.

The new dome can be seen from the Tyne Bridge. Credit: ITV