Crowds flock to Sunderland Sikh Centre for Punjabi Mela open day

Sunderland’s Sikh community threw open its doors to the city for the third time in an event that was bigger and better than ever.

By Kevin Clark
Friday, 17 May, 2019, 09:22
One of the dancers

The centre in The Cloisters, Ashbrooke, held its third annual Punjabi Mela open day.

Visitors were able to sample Punjabi food, watch displays of dancing, get Henna tattoos and even try their hand at turban tying.

There was also a demonstration by a local karate club.

Among the guests was outgoing Mayor of Sunderland Coun Lynda Scanlan, making one of the last visits of her mayoral year. Sikh Association vice-chair Buta Sangha said members had been delighted with the support from Wearsiders and were already looking forward to next year.

“It was a very good turn-out, with more people than last year,” he said.

“There were a lot of other things happening on the day but we had support from a lot of the local communities, including the Bangladeshi Community Centre, in Tatham Street. There will be another open day next year.”

A song for the audience

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Musical entertainment
Sampling the buffet
Traditional dress was the order of the day
Colourful traditional costime
One of the dancers
Enjoying the dancing
Drummers were part of the entertainment