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Bandhan Group Presents Indian Independence Day at Harpur Square

Thursday 15 August 2019

Bandhan Group with support from Bedford’s leading community, charity, voluntary organisations and interfaith groups of Indian origin are delighted to be organising a free event to celebrate India’s Independence Day on 15th August 2019. 

Join the event at Harpur Square to find out more about the joint British / Indian heritage, whilst celebrating the positive and diverse contributions our communities have made across Bedfordshire. 

Several guests will be joining the celebration including Her Excellence Ruchi Ghanashyam High Commissioner of India and Mayor Dave Hodgsonof Bedford Borough who will be opening the event.

Professor Gurch Randhawa, Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire, Mohammad Yasin, MP and Meryl Dolling, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire will also be attending the event. Professor Randhawa said “It is a privilege to join the celebrations of Indian Independence Day and acknowledge the enormous contribution the Indian community has made to Bedfordshire’s thriving and diverse population.”

To mark the occasion, there will be a variety of performances from 21st Century Education Trust, Sandhya Rao school of music, Nritham Dance Academy, NRI Music and Ananda Arts showcasing some of Bedford’s talent and cultural diversity. 

Schedule as follows…

7.15 am: Guests to gather at Harpur Square.

7.30 am: Introduction and keynote speech by Mayor of Bedford Borough (Dave Hodgson), Indian High Commissioner (Ruchi Ghanashyam) and Deputy Lieutenant (Professor Gurch Randhawa).

7.45 am: Flag raising ceremony, Recital of National Anthems (Indian & British) and cultural performances. 

8.15 am: Flag will be carried in a formal procession to the Old Town Hall, where it will be raised.

8.45 am: Serve free tea and breakfast at Harpur Suite.

9.15 am: Close proceedings. Flag will remain unfurled at the Old Town Hall for the whole day.

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PLUS enjoy an evening of nostalgia and unison, a time to share stories and memories with friends and family.

Live singing, speeches, music and DJ will set the mood for a lovely, celebratory evening in the Harpur Suite between 7-11pm.

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