Festival lights up

Music and dance were the order of the day at a 'truly multi-cultural' event celebrating Diwali held in Bedford.

More than 2,500 people paid a visit to the Festival of Light, hosted by Bedford Indian Community (BIC), which was open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

"Overall it was the biggest and best event so far by the Bedford Indian Community’, said chairman of BIC, Ramprasad Bangaru, "we are very pleased by the outcome of 10 months of hard work in planning and execution.

"Various community leaders also attended the event and made the event a truly multicultural event."
A procession of Dhol drummers kicked off proceedings marching through the town centre, ending at the Corn Exchange. North Indian and South Indian dishes were served, alongside Italian food.
Patrick Hall, parliamentary candidate for the Labour party, said, 'I was glad to see such talent and enthusiasm at a happy, sharing, and peaceful celebration. It made me proud of Bedford'.
[Originally appeared in the Bedfordshire on Sunday]

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