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10:06 Monday 22 April 2013  Written by Philip Dewey

In pictures: 20,000 descend on Slough for Vaisakhi celebrations

More than 20,000 Sikhs came to Slough for Vaisakhi celebrations yesterday with an array of colours on show.

The annual Nagar Kirtan procession saw thousands of celebration goers walk between two Sikh temples.

It started at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Sheehy Way, taking in The Frith, Wexham Road, Shaggy Calf Lane and Stoke Poges Lane before arriving at the Ramgharia Gurdwara in Woodland Avenue at around 2.30pm.



The beating of drums and demonstrations of Gatka, a Sikh martial art, made a fine spectacle in the town on a warm and sunny weekend.

Amarjit Singh Bhachu, assistant secretary of the Ramgharia Gurdwara, said: "The occasion was typical of Sikh spirit, with distribution of free food and drink all along the procession.

"It went really well."

Mr Bhachu said this year's Nagar Kirtan was dedicated to prisoners of conscious, including Devinder Singh Bhullar, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana, who are on death row in India.

It was also dedicated to freedom and the end of the death penalty.

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