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GALLERY: Silk River walk visits Gravesend landmarks to show links with Kolkata

PUBLISHED: 14:14 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 22 September 2017

The Silk River Gravesend walk outside the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

The Silk River Gravesend walk outside the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara

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The walk was held on Thursday

Giant silk scrolls depicting the unique relationship between the River Thames and the Hooghly River in India were flown across Gravesend yesterday.

Visiting a number of Gravesend landmarks including the town’s Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, its Pocahontas statue in St George’s Gardens and the home of Ebbsfleet United, Stonebridge Road, the walk was organised as part of the Silk River project.

The scheme aims to reflect the history between London and Kolkata, the city that became the capital of British India, until the country gained independence in 1947.

Walking through the town on Thursday, stories of Gravesend’s importance on the River Thames were shared as one of 20 locations taking part in London and Kolkata.

To reflect Gravesend’s historic relationship with the river, walkers flew the scrolls at the Port of London Authority building on Royal Pier Road.

Cabinet member for community development, Gurjit Bains, said: “This year the UK is celebrating the UK-India year of culture and this event particularly strikes a chord with those with an interest in the heritage and diversity of our area, particularly the river, arts, culture, and community cohesion.

“It also allowed those who originate from the Indian sub-continent and are settled within our borough to use this occasion to mark and cherish the shared history between the UK and India.”

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