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Former mobile library unveiled for Sikh celebrations

The bus is to be used to help cook and provide meals across the UK, as well as a place for shelter and aid for homeless. Photo:

Today, every Gurdwara or Sikh temple will be packed with hundreds if not thousands of people for the celebration of the birth of the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

To mark the occasion Midland Langar Seva Society, a Sikh ethos hunger relief charity, will be unveiling their refurbished Langar bus which has been saved from the scrapheap after life as a mobile library.

The bus is to be used to help cook and provide meals across the UK, as well as a place for shelter and aid for homeless. Credit: Midland Langar Seva Society.

The bus is to be used to help cook and provide meals across the UK, as well as a place for shelter and aid for homeless.

The charity currently serve over 12,000 meals a week in 17 locations on the streets of the UK and run children's breakfast clubs.

The bus is to be used to help cook and provide meals across the UK,as well as a place for shelter and aid for homeless. Credit: Midland Langar Seva Society.

The work of Midland Langar Seva Society is based on the Sikh concept of langar (meaning communal kitchen), which sees free vegetarian meals served in all Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) across the world all day, every day.

Founder of the charity Randhir Singh said:

"Midland Langar Seva Society was started out of a desire to help however, the more people we helped, the more we wanted to help. It is this desire to do seva (selfless service) that has seen us grow and now have teams across the UK and even India.

Guru Nanak Dev Ji started langar 500 years ago and we simply wanted to bring this service outside of the walls of a Gurdwara to ensure it reaches those that need it.

With this in mind, we have always been looking for more ways to help and as a team we came up with the idea for a langar bus.

This will allow us to transport enough food to feed hundreds across the UK, whilst also giving us a place we can provide aid and more to those that need it."

– Founder of the charity Randhir Singh.