Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PM Gordon Brown visits Sikhs in Derby...

On Tuesday 13th April, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling visited the National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum, and the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Derby. They were initially greeted by young Sikh children and addressed the Sikh community. They spent time looking at the exhibitions in the Museum, which highlight the huge contribution of Sikhs in UK. 83,000 Sikhs died in the World Wars and a further 109,000 were injured. In conjunction with the Army and the RAF, the Museum has exhibits showing this amazing history. Sikh women were involved in the Suffragette movement in the UK, and Sikhs today contribute widely to the richness of society in the UK.

The Prime Minister answered questions regarding issues that Sikhs feel strongly about in a short interview. He commented on the humanity of Sikhism, and his strong regard for the Sikh community. Alistair Darling toured the Museum and discussed the many facets of Sikh History exhibited there. The short exclusive interview will be released soon.

Some photos from the PM's visit:

Children line up outside the National Sikh Museum.

Sikh Sangat and representatives wait for the PM's arrival.

Bhai Raghbir Singh from the National Sikh Museum with MP Margaret Beckett.

Bhai Baljit Singh escorting PM Gordon Brown and the Chanellor to Singh Sabha Gurdwara.

Sikh children welcome the PM and Chanellor with flower garlands.

Sangat meeting the PM.

The PM and Chancellor given some gifts on behalf of the Sangat.

The Chancellor being shown ancient Sikh weapons on his tour of the National Sikh Museum.

Visitors being shown an ancient canon belonging to Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

Sangat and community representatives with the PM, Chanellor and MP Magaret Beckett.


SinghFrmBham said...


Any vieos of speaches etc by PM or Chanellor to sangat?

Manvir Singh said...

According to the Sikh Channel advert it is now supposed to be shown today (Thursday 15th April) at 9pm. Originally it was meant to be shown on Tuesday but they had some problems.

amarjit said...


I look forward to seeing it and the PM views on Sikhs.

Was the visit initiated by the PM office or by us?

Manvir Singh said...

I am not sure, but I think the Sikhs in Derby contacted the PM's office.