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More than 5,000 attend Diwali festival of lights

More than 5,000 people attended Phoenix Park in Blakenhall on Saturday to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

Visitors enjoy Diwali at Phoenix Park in Blakenhall
Visitors enjoying Diwali

Visitors enjoy Diwali at Phoenix Park in Blakenhall
Phoenix Park in Blakenhall

City of Wolverhampton Council teamed up with the Shri Krishna Mandir, and other organisations for the annual Diwali Mela.

It featured music and dance, including performances by the Pargan Bhandal Company and dancers and Dhol drummers.

The lights switch on was followed by a spectacular firework display.

There was also a range of stalls and refreshments, and the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Elias Mattu and Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden attended.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "Diwali is the biggest and brightest festival in India and we are delighted to be helping to celebrate it here in Wolverhampton once again.

"This year's event in Phoenix Park was one of the best yet, with families enjoying the excellent entertainment and fantastic fireworks display."

  • released: Monday 16 October, 2017