VIDEO: Sunderland’s Bangladeshi community celebrate their country’s independence

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BANGLADESHI independence has been celebrated in Sunderland.

Members of Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, in Tatham Street, Hendon, came together to hoist their national flag as part of yesterday’s National Day of Bangladesh.

.Flag raising to mark the National Day of Bangladesh at the Bangladeshi Centre, Tatham Street, Sunderland, on Monday.

.Flag raising to mark the National Day of Bangladesh at the Bangladeshi Centre, Tatham Street, Sunderland, on Monday.

The day marks when the country officially gained independence in 1971. Led by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Bangladeshi people liberated the country after a nine-month-long struggle with Pakistani occupation forces.

There are about 4,000 Bangladeshi people in Sunderland, roughly one per cent of the city’s population.

A celebration will also take place at the centre on Sunday, April 1.

It is hoped the deputy mayor of Sunderland and the deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, who is based in Manchester, will be there to mark the 41st year of independence.

Bangladeshi Centre manager Abu Shama said: “The flag-raising marks our independence from Pakistan.”