A Golden Milestone for Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society

Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society marked its 50th anniversary on Sunday with an afternoon of joy filled celebrations, reflection and special displays of Indian classical, Bollywood and fusion dancing.

Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 12:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 4:35 pm
Celebrations including dancing displays marked the 50th anniversary of Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society

Society President Ishwer Tailor was joined by a VIP line up of society supporters and friends for the lighting of a special lamp at the start of the celebrations.

The event at the society’s internationally renowned South Meadow Lane temple and community centre marked the culmination of its Golden Milestone Project and also included an exhibition, video presentation, refreshments and the cutting of a special birthday cake.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and assistance from the Harris Museum the society has now traced and recorded its history.

Celebrations including dancing displays marked the 50th anniversary of Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society

The society started as a small organisation, converting the former St Stephen's school on South Meadow Lane into a temple and meeting place, later developing its multi million pound temple and community centre on a by then extended site.

In a special commemorative leaflet to mark the event Ishwer noted how community members had joined special workshops and brought in memorabilia to help capture the society's 50 year journey.

He wrote: " Various workshops were held to capture life from the 1960s and 70s until present date ... The Hindu community came together and worked to buy an old school."

He explained that the vision and ambition grew to create a centre of excellence and the Millennium Commission had helped fund subsequent building and redevelopment work: "This dream came true in 1997 when we were awarded a grant of £1.64 m towards a total project cost of £3.28m"

The celebrations included a performance by younger members of the community

Tribute was paid to all who had helped the society on its inspiring journey.

Special VIP guests helped with the lighting of the lamp
The celebrations included a performance by younger members of the community
Celebrations including dancing displays marked the 50th anniversary of Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society
Celebrations including dancing displays marked the 50th anniversary of Preston's Gujarat Hindu Society