Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven DL

Deputy Lieutenant Dr Bhargawa Vasudaven joined the Mayor of Gravesham Councillor David Hurley as chief guests at Diwali celebrations which took place at the Civic Centre in Gravesend on 10th November 2018.

From left to right: Dr Vasudaven DL, Gurvinder Sandher, Cllr David Hurley Mayor of Gravesham

The event, organised in partnership by Kent Equality Cohesion Council, Gravesham Borough Council, the Hindu Cultural Society and Cohesion Plus, brought local communities together as lanterns and candles were lit to symbolise the essence of Diwali, which celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Guests enjoyed performances by local young people including the Hindu Cultural Society, Saheli Dancers, Gravesend and Gillingham Shakha Group and Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club, before joining a parade from the Community Square to the Hindu Mandir (Temple) on Manor Road.

Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club

A special award was presented to Mrs Daya Sharma for her outstanding service and commitment to the local community over the last 30 years, including being one of the leading lights in the establishing of the Hindu Mandir.

From left to right: Gurvinder Sandher, Daya Sharma, Dr Vasudaven DL, Cllr David Hurley Mayor of Gravesham

From left to right: Sonia Nayyar, Gurvinder Sandher, Dr Vasudaven DL, Sonia Sareene (Hindu Cultural Society), Daya Sharma (Hindu Cultural Society)