UK's first statue of Sikh soldier unveiled

The first ever full-sized statue of a Sikh soldier to be built in the UK has been unveiled.

The 'Lions of the Great War' monument in Smethwick has been designed to honour the millions of service men and women from South Asia, who fought in both world wars.

Soldiers from the premier Reservist Logistics regiment in the Midlands attended the unveiling on Sunday.

The 10ft-high bronze statue, which depicts a Sikh soldier from WW1, sits in its own public square in the town's High Street, outside the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, which is the largest Sikh temple in Europe.

The community are very, very proud. They feel that the contribution of their ancestors or their forefathers has been recognised. This statue will become an inspiration to all - not only the people that will come and visit it - but definitely to create other statues around the world, where Sikhs and men of other faiths that came over from South Asia fought.

Jatinder Singh, President of Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick