Hundreds enjoy Vaisakhi celebration.

Hundreds enjoy Vaisakhi celebration.

Hundreds enjoy Vaisakhi celebration.

Hundreds enjoy Vaisakhi celebration.

Hundreds enjoy Vaisakhi celebration.

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

Hundreds of people flocked to Southampton Guildhall this evening to watch the 25th annual Vaisakhi celebration.

This year's festival formed part of the celebrations taking place throughout the year to mark Southampton's half century of city status.

Daily Echo:

Special guests included leading city politicians and Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes.

Also there was the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Ivan White, who launched the Southampton 50 celebrations earlier this year.

Harjap Singh, chairman of Sikh Council Hampshire, who has lived in Southampton since 1966, has dedicated his life to improving race relations.

He said: “It's very important that all communities work together and this event helps to make that possible. We respect all faiths, all religions.”

Daily Echo:

Vaisakhi is the holiest day in the Sikh faith calendar and many of the people taking part wore traditional outfits.

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2:59pm Sun 6 Apr 14

4-front says...

Congratulations to Simon Hayes; "getting to know our many wonderful Hants / IoW communities"! Regards to Harjap from Geoff Charnley - used to work in inner City Southampton with local Sikh community. Sat sri akal :)
Congratulations to Simon Hayes; "getting to know our many wonderful Hants / IoW communities"! Regards to Harjap from Geoff Charnley - used to work in inner City Southampton with local Sikh community. Sat sri akal :) 4-front
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