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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
600,000 temple for Sikhs in city
Sikh community celebrates
Some 1,000 people took part in a procession to the new temple
Almost 30 years to the day when the first Sikh temple was built in Peterborough, the Sikh community has celebrated the opening of a new temple.

The 600,000 building, opened on Saturday and funded by all the members of the Bhat Sikh Community, is the culmination of months of hard work.

About 1,000 people took part in a procession to the new Royce Road temple from the old Cromwell Road site.

Sir Brian Mahwinney, MP, was one of the dignataries at the opening.

Community member Del Singh said: "Having been just a boy of about 12 when the temple was originally established in Cromwell Road in 1974, this was something done by our elders and forefathers.

"It's great now to have kids of our own and say, 'look, this is something we've done primarily for you.'"

The old Cromwell Road temple was originally two terraced houses, and was converted at a time when there were only 100 Sikhs in the city.

Now they number 1,000.

The new temple, which was a factory unit six months ago, has been named Gurdwara Sahib Baba Budha Ji.

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