British Asia News Network
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London, Sep 23: Sunday, September 22 was a historic day for UK’s Shree Kutch Lava Patel Community that hails from Gujarat, the western state of India, as over 10,000 community people from all over the United Kingdom gathered to participate in ‘SKLP Mela -2 109’ India Gardens, West End Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 6RE.
Hundreds of young and old volunteers from the community joined hands to organize the event in a smooth and professional manner right from the beginning to the very end. Though the weather forecast was cloudy and rainy, it could not dampen the spirit of the participants whose enthusiasm outshone the dark skies. In fact, with only a few sporadic showers in between, it seemed God had shown mercy, as by the time the event concluded, it definitely had made history as one of the most memorable events organized by Indians in the UK this year.
SKLP leader Vejibhai led the event as the master of ceremony and himself supervised everything all through the programme.
The event started with Kenton Temple Band making a grand entrance into the marquee and entertaining the audience. After the performance by the band, the dignitaries for the day were welcomed on stage along with three community seers.
Among the dignitaries were Mahesh Pindoria, Chair to BoT, Shashi Verkaria, patron Mavji Verkaria, convenor IG and past President, Vinod Halai, Trustee, Kanji Hirani, Vice-President, Gopal Mavji Gorasia, Bhaji Samaj Education and Medical Trust President; Mavji Dhanji Rabadia, Bhuj Samaj VP; Manji Kanji Ragwani, Nairobi Samaj Trustee, Samji Shivji Patel, Jaysam Ltd Director, Kurji Kerai,Willesden Temple President, Vishram Mayani, Kenton Temple President; Bhimji Mavji Patel, Stanmore Temple President, Samji Verkaria, East London Temple President, Premji Bhimji Pindoria, Woolwich Temple President, AshoK Velji Patel, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Kingsbury, President, Manji Gangji Halai, Bolton Temple President, Hitesh Parbat Pindoria, Oldham Temple President, Mansukh Deviji Halai, Cardiff Temple President, Dinesh Maharaj, Kenton Temple President; CB Patel, Rohit Vadhwana, First Secretary (Economic) at HCl and Supt. Ricky Kandola(Davinder Singh Kandola).
The dignitaries carried out the “Deep Pragatya” on stage, followed by the ‘aarti’ (Indian traditional welcome) with the band in swing. Both the Indian and British national anthems were sung.
The three seers Swami Devnandan Dasji, Swami Adatbhut Charan Dasji and Swami Nirbhajivan Dasji were garlanded by committee members.
Velji Verkaria delivered the speech as the President of the committee. He spoke about the new committee elected on May 18 which consists of 8 women and some youngsters. He urged more participation by young men and women in the coming days and invited innovative thoughts and ideas to uplift the community further in the UK and worldwide.
Gopalbhai Gorasia, President of Medical and Education Trust also delivered a speech to the gathering.
Awards were handed out to the planning team members for their efforts.
Donors were thanked for the donations they had pledged.
With the vote of thanks, the stage ceremony for the day came to an end.
The cultural events of the Mela included various dance performances such as Bharatnatyam and Bollywood dances.
Prominent personalities from the community as well as different communities in the UK, MPs, Lords, Mayors, and other top officials attended the high-profile event.
The entire London team of British Asia News was present to cover the event, led by its founder Richard Lobo.
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