India Republic Day and Australia Day celebrated at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall
THEY might be 5,000 miles apart, but that did not hamper a shared celebration of two cultures.
This year, both India Republic Day and Australia Day were held on Saturday, and for members of North East Lincolnshire Communities Together, that meant one big party.
The group, promoting racial equality and justice, held an event at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall, showcasing everything from Bollywood dancing to didgeridoo playing.
Chairman Surinder Khurana said: "This event is a celebration of two important days.
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"We didn't plan to do a joint celebration, but when we realised that both events were on the same day we thought it would be a great idea.
"We have cultural examples from both countries including Bollywood dancing and didgeridoo playing.
"There is food from both countries on offer also. You do not often get to celebrate two events at the same time, so we are making the most of it."
Indian classical dancer Dr Roopashree Ns, said: "I will be doing three performances in total.
"It is very good that people can come to events like this.
"I have been involved with Communities Together for a long time and it is always good to see new faces here.
"I think it is important to recognise every big cultural event."
Communities Together supporter Avi Khurana, from Aylesby, added: "The joint celebration is a very good idea.
"I come to a lot of the Communities Together events and they really do bring people together.
"It is really good to promote a multicultural society that everyone can enjoy."