Sikhnet: Southall Event Proves Excellent

April 8, 2008

Author: Alex Hayes

Source: SikhNet/

A top religious leader has said a huge Sikh procession which passed through Southall yesterday [has] brought the area's communities together.

Snowy weather did not dampen the spirits of around 50,000 people who turned out for the Vaisakhi Procession in celebration of the Sikh New Year and harvest festival.

Tens of thousands of Sikhs followed a truck carrying the holy scriptures, while many people served up free food to spectators.

Himmat Singh Sohi, the president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Havelock Road, said: "The whole event was excellent. It passed off very peacefully.

"There were people from all faiths and all sections of the community who came to take part in our celebrations, and that tells you about the community in Southall.