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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