Diwali, also known as the festival of lights was celebrated by the Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association (HASWA) at their community centre Greenfields, Kilmartin Way, Elm Park, Essex on Saturday 5th November 2016. Young and old came together for celebrations along with guests MP for Dagenham & Rainham Jon Cruddas, Deputy Mayor of Havering CouncillorLinda Van den Hende with Mr Laurence Chalk, Councillors Melvin Wallace, Stephanie Nunn & , Barry Mugglestone. Mr Fauja Singh the 105 year old marathon runner made a guest appearance.
The guests delivered messages of goodwill to the community & Sansar Singh Narwal secretary of HASWA, said events such as the Diwali celebration promote better cultural understanding of Havering's rich and diverse community. Entertainment was provided by the HASWA ladies, children & Bollywood groups. There was also a raffle, DJ, and authentic Indian cuisine.
Jon Cruddas MP commented: "what a great event, and I thank HASWA for inviting me ? I want to express my gratitude and congratulations to the Hindu and Sikh communities on their fantastic contribution to the borough over the years. It was an honour to meet Faruja Singh, who at 105 was still up and dancing during the celebrations!"