An estimated 6,000 people celebrated Indian Independence Day in at the Indian Gymkhana Club in Osterley on Sunday (August 24).

The audience enjoyed a flag-hoisting ceremony and a traditional dance performance by members of the Dancing Nikita Company.

Sunrise Radio presenter Ravi Sharma also took to the stage, and there was live music, food and various charity stalls for revellers to enjoy.

The event, organised by the High Commission of India, took place more than a week after the 67th anniversary of India gaining independence from British rule, on August 15, 1947.

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Nikita Thakrar, who founded the Berkshire-based dance company, said: "India's independence in 1947 did not just give the country freedom; it gave the next generation an opportunity to dream.

"New India, as we know it now, is full of innovation and inspiration but we hold onto the depth of values through the richness of our art forms."

More than 60 people from the Retired Members' Association (Asian Elders) of Heston gathered at the Heston & District Community Association hall, in Vicarage Farm Road, on Indian Independence Day itself.