FLAGS flew high over Wearside to celebrate Bangladeshi Independence Day.
Members of the Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, in Tatham Street, Hendon, took part in the festivities on a day of activities.
The National Day of Bangladesh is held on March 26, but the country gained independence on December 16, 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, which equates to roughly one per cent of the city’s population.
Bangladeshi Centre manager Abu Shama said: “Today has really been to remember and raise the flag for Bangladesh Independence Day.
“We are remembering the sacrifices which were made by people in Bangladesh to get independence all those years ago.
“The raising of the flags is a show of respect for what they did.”
Members of the centre’s managing committee put together the day’s events.
Celebrations taking place in Bangladesh included 31-gun salute at dawn in the capital city, Dhaka.
The centre is also hosting a community day later this month, with the public welcome to attend.
Poems will be read by children and speeches will be made.
“It will be a day for the community to get together and we’ll hear speeches from one or two key people,” added Mr Shama.
The event is being held on Tuesday, December 27, from 1pm onwards.
Call 564 0888 for more details about the day.