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A TASTE of Asia came to the North East yesterday as the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside marked Bangladesh Independence Day.

Coun Alex Donaldson and his wife Brenda joined members of the Bangladeshi community and guests to celebrate at a special event in Ocean Road Community Centre.

They listened to speeches to mark Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan, which was achieved in 1971.

The Mayor said: "Our Bangladeshi community makes a positive contribution to life in South Tyneside. Brenda and I were delighted to accept the invitation to this wonderful event." Aminur Rahman, Chairman of the Bangladesh Welfare Association, said: "Events such as this are a great opportunity to teach youngsters what the day is about and to tell the rest of the South Tyneside community about our cultural heritage."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2009
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