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IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Byline: Neil Atkinson ,

celebrations West Yorkshire Pakistanis mark their country's independence (above and below) together Sikhs and Hindus get together to celebrate India's independence. Holding the flags are Kiran Bali and Gurdev Singh Gossal (right)

THERE were double celebrations in Huddersfield.

Members of the Pakistani community from across West Yorkshire gathered to mark their country's independence from Britain in 1947.

And 24 hours later, Indians came together to commemorate the anniversary of their country's independence from Britain, which happened at exactly the same time as Pakistan's.

The Pakistani celebrations at Huddersfield Town Hall were organised by Nisar Smiler and staff at Radio Paigham.

The event attracted 600 people, and featured Bollywood dancers, artists and musicians. They included Nasir Chanioty, Amanat Chan, Nadia Ali and Tariq Tady.

The Indian celebrations were hosted by the Hindu Temple on Zetland Street, who welcomed guests from the Sikh community.

Kiran Bali, the Hindu Association secretary, said: "We celebrated India's independence, but also the role we have played in helping make Great Britain great.

"We also welcomed a lot of students who have come to Huddersfield University."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 18, 2005
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