Sikh diaspora raises funds for memorial statue

London, Aug 31 (IANS) The members of the Sikh community have organised a fair in Britain to raise funds for a memorial statue, a media report said on Monday.

The statue will be dedicated to the thousands of Sikhs who died fighting for the British Empire in the two World Wars.

The annual sixth Sikh Mela was held at Yorkshire Lions’ Warrenside base in Deighton area in Huddersfield on August 30, the Examiner newspaper reported.

Community members participated in traditional games and practices at the alcohol-free and meat-free event.

At the event, several Huddersfield army veterans and members of the Sikh community honoured the Sikh soldiers who lost their lives in the two wars.

The event included a gatka (sword fighting) demonstration, turban tying contest and live music from Sikh artists, including Birmingham-based singer Sukshinder Shinda.

Among the other events, an American SWAT team demonstration and a strongman contest stole the show.

A “birds of prey” show, Thai boxing and a tug-of-war game were also held at the event.

Several games for children and families were also organised at the fair.

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