Indian Vegetarians organised a very successful Jubilee Beacon event at Lloyd Park on 2 June. Colonel Ray Wilkinson who represents the Queen in Croydon and his wife Liz were special guests. In the tradition Indian way they were welcomed with garlands by Ishwar Sharma who is a young Yoga master. Councillors Manjul Hameed and Councillor Tony Letts were present. Those attending brought picnic food and were entertained with Dances and Music
Prayers for the Queens continued good health were said by Hindu and Jain groups. The 7th Day Adventists sang Gospel Songs. Janaki Mehta performed Bharat Natyam dances which left the audience spell bound. Young Nivedita sang a melodious Hindi song.

Our own Croydon’s Elvis sang some memorable Elvis numbers.
While all this was going on people were enjoying the picnic and freely sharing food with others.
The National anthem was sung followed by the ever popular Gujarati folk dance Garba.
All in all a tremendous celebration.

The Indian Vegetarians and Vegans have received a certificate of appreciation for organising the Platinum Jubilee event from the palace.
Nitin Mehta
3 June 2022.

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