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Diwali Celebrations In Leicester

One of the biggest Diwali celebrations outside of India is taking place in Leicester tonight. Here you will find Diwali facts and information on times and places.

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Thousands attend Golden Mile Diwali lights switch-on celebrations

Thousands of people attended this year's Diwali light switch-on celebrations in Leicester.

Crowds at the annual event, held on the city's Golden Mile (Belgrave Road), were treated to an array of colourful and exciting performances by dancers, who showcased both traditional and contemporary styles.

Leicester MPs Keith Vaz, Liz Kendall and Jon Ashworth were among those taking to the stage to welcome people to the event.

The Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon Cole, thanked those who took part in the donor drive held to find a match for Rik Basra, the police officer who has taken part in a campaign to encourage more prospective South Asian donors to come forward after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Rik and wife Kas held the first of a series of public events to recruit potentially life-saving blood stem cell donors to the national register, maintained by the Anthony Nolan charity.

Volunteers from the charity were also out in force, encouraging people to register as prospective donors at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.

Sir Peter Soulsby among the guests who led the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
The switch-on brightens up the Golden Mile Credit: ITV Central
Belgrave Road after the lights were switched on Credit: ITV Central
Leicester MPs Keith Vaz, Liz Kendall and Jon Ashworth welcomed the crowds Credit: ITV Central
Dancers in colourful outfits entertain thousands of onlookers Credit: ITV Central
Performances on stage entertained crowds ahead of the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
Dancers performed traditional and contemporary Indian dances Credit: ITV Central
Performances on stage entertained crowds ahead of the switch-on Credit: ITV Central
Leicestershire's Chief Constable thanks potential bone marrow donors Credit: ITV Central
People eagerly anticipate fireworks in Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central
Fireworks at Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central
Fireworks at Cossington Park Credit: ITV Central

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