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Thousands expected at Vaisakhi 2013 Gravesend - see the route here

PUBLISHED: 12:16 08 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:16 08 April 2013

The annual Sikh Vaisakhi festival at the new Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend was attended by thousands of people from across South East England last year.

The annual Sikh Vaisakhi festival at the new Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend was attended by thousands of people from across South East England last year.

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Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the 2013 Vaisakhi parade through Gravesend on Saturday.

The festival marks the start of the New Year for Sikhs and people from all over the South East travel fill the streets and the Gurdwara.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) issued advice to revellers to keep them safe during the celebrations.

KFRS principal community safety officer Pirthipal Singh Kang said: “Vaisakhi is a time of great celebration and we hope lots of members of Kent’s Sikh community will come down to see us on Saturday.

“We are especially urging the community to ensure they have a working smoke alarm fitted on every floor of their home and to test batteries weekly.”

Naked flames should be kept a safe distance from curtains, furniture and decorations. Long hair and clothing, especially chunris/chunis, Sari, and dupattas, are also very flammable.

Never leave karahis and pans unattended on the cooker and when cooking deep-fried food, dry it before you put it in the hot oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool. Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil.

The procession will begin at the New Gurdwara at 11.30am and finish at Guru Nanak Marg in Saddington Street at around 3pm.

From the Gurdwara, it will move through The Grove, Milton Road, King Street, New Road, Garrick Street, Barrack Row, Darnley Road, Arthur Street, Wrotham Road, Railway Place, Manor Road, to the end at Saddington Street.

For more advice call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 08009 237000 or go to 3breaths.info for further information.

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