Hindu community welcomes Andy Burnham
Sunday 23rd April 2017 @ 15:27 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Dukinfield Hyde News Stalybridge Tameside

Tameside’s Hindu community welcomed Greater Manchester Mayor candidate Andy Burnham to the Shree Bharatiya Mandal temple and Indian Community Centre today.

More than 100 people provided him with a warm greeting as they found out more about the Greater Manchester Mayor elections – and even said prayers for the election’s success, which takes place on May 4.

Andy spoke of the importance and role the new Mayor will have in bringing all of Greater Manchester’s communities and faiths closer together to make the region a ‘beacon’ for the rest of the country.

He said it had been an ‘absolute privilege and honour’ to visit the Union Road temple and centre in Ashton and to meet members of the Hindu community in the town.

“What you are doing here bringing everyone together throughout the community is a model for everyone,” he said.

The visit was orchestrated by former Ashton GP and Tameside Healwatch chair Dr Kailash Chand, OBE.

Also attending were Ashton MP Angela Rayner, Manhar Taylor who worked for Tameside Hospital for 46 years before his retirement two years ago, and Indu Popat, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours’ List for services to Asian women in the North West over a period of 40 years.