Around 10,000 people from all over the country came to Southall for one of the biggest Vaisakhi celebrations outside India over weekend (April 13).
A beautiful Sunday afternoon saw a host of MPs join the Mayor of Ealing, celebrities, and local residents for the annual Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan, a procession which celebrates the birth of the Khalsa in 1699.
There was a strong Labour Party presence at the event, with Seema Malhotra (MP for Feltham and Heston), Sadiq Khan (MP for Tooting), Dr Onkar Sahota (of Ealing and Hillingdon), John McDonnel (MP for Hayes and Harlington) and long-serving Ealing MP Virendra Sharma all in attendance.
Jagdeesh Singh, National Liberal Party candidate for the Southall area, was also in campaign mode at the procession, leafleting from his own stall.
Mayor of Ealing Cllr Tej Ram Bhaga also came to enjoy the festivities and pay his respects.
The world’s oldest ever marathon runner, Fauja Singh, was one of the more popular faces in the huge crowd, with dozens of people asking for a photo with the legendary athlete.
One of the standout sights of the day was the displays of weaponry martial-arts known as gatka from the Baba Fateh Singh academy.
An enormous amount of food was given out to Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike, with everyone encouraged to enjoy the celebrations.
Nagar Kirtans can be seen at least twice a year in Southall, in an effort to bring Sikhi to the wider community.
Nagar Kirtans are a traditional form of Sikh celebration and also showcases displays of Sikh martial-arts, charity fundraisers and other forms of education and entertainment.