MORE than 2,000 people turned out to watch a football tournament in memory of fallen Gurkhas.
Nearly 500 players competed in the annual Gurkha VC Cup, held at Feltham Community College on Saturday.
It was organised in memory of Gurkha Victoria Cross holders, including Tul Bahadur Pun and Lachhiman Gurung, who spent their last few years in Hounslow.
A total of 40 teams, made up of Gurkhas, local residents and servicemen and women, competed in the competition, won by BBC Boys after they beat JD Boys in the final.
The day began with the lighting of ceremonial candles by leading members of Hounslow’s Gurkha community and by Hounslow Mayor Pritam Grewal.
The event was also attended by Mr Pun’s son and Mr Gurung’s granddaughter, along with relatives of other late Gurkha VC holders.
Organiser Bishnu Gurung, chairman of the Gurkha Nepalese Community of Hounslow, said: “It was a very emotional day with all the families present but it was also an exciting afternoon of football.”
Ram Limbu is the last surviving member of the 13 Gurkhas to have been awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for military bravery.