Cameron welcomes local Sikhs for Vaisakhi celebrations

On Monday, Lucy Allan attended a reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. 

Lucy introduced Sikh business leaders Sukhdev and Gurdeep Singh-Bath to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The father and son pair run Perfection Foods in Walsall, which provides cakes to major supermarket chains, 

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the immense contribution that Sikhs have made to British society and to the core Sikh values of devotion to God, hard work and commitment to community.”

The Prime Minister said: 'I am proud of what the Sikh faith brings to our Country. British Sikhs are an absolute model."  

Later this week the Telford Sikh community will be holding a parade through the town to mark the occasion. They will be walking from the Gurdwara in Hadley to the Oakengates Gurdwara, on Sunday, starting at 10:00am.

It will be the second time that the Telford Sikh community have marked Vaisakhi, and last year’s march saw around 2000 people take to the streets as part of the celebrations.

Lucy Allan said: "I am looking forward to the parade on Sunday. Vaisakhi marks the first harvest. It is a time of renewal and rebirth and hope and optimism. I am really glad that we celebrate Vaisakhi in Telford."