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PLACE OF WORSHIP IS NEW ADDITION TO CITY'S SKYLINE.

WORK to bring a multi-million pound new place of worship to Sikhs in the North East is on track.

With it's majestic domes now in place the Gurdwara Sahib will change the Newcastle skyline for ever. It was a historic occasion for many as the official topping out ceremony of the new community building was staged in Newcastle at the weekend.

The construction project has only been possible after the Sikh community collectively raised PS2.7m for the scheme.

Work on the premises began earlier this year and it's hoped the Gurdwara Sahib will be open by February. On Sunday the domes, known as Gormats, were ceremonially placed on top of the building.

Dr Pummi Mattu said: "This was an auspicious and momentous occasion for Sikhs in the North East.

"These domes are replicas of those found on the Golden Temple in Amristar, one of the holiest shrines of the Sikh religion.

"It is something that will be open to the whole community and will offer a creche, committee rooms, a place for the older to go to and activities for younger people as well as a place to worship.

"This will be a legacy as well as changing the Newcastle skyline."

The Gurdwara Sahib is being built in Buckingham Street and Abinger Street in Newcastle. The existing place of worship, opposite the new build, will remain open with plans for it to remain a community facility.

To donate to the project email pummi.mattu@ladhar.co.uk

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MAJESTIC Temple president Jagtar Singh with the new temple dome
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2012
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