Flag of Bangladesh to fly above South Shields town hall to mark 50th anniversary of country's independence - and celebrate Bangladeshi community's contribution to South Tyneside
The flag of Bangladesh will fly in South Tyneside to mark the 50th anniversary of the country’s Independence Day – and celebrate the Bangladeshi community’s contribution to the borough.
Friday, 26 March commemorates Bangladesh’s declaration of independence from Pakistan.
The day is seen as a memorial to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians who died in the Bangladesh Liberation War.
South Tyneside is home to a thriving Bangladeshi community, and council chiefs have announced the country’s flag – which features a red circle on a green background – will fly above South Shields town hall to mark the special date.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, explained the significance of the date in the borough.
“We have a large Bangladeshi population in the borough. They, along with other ethnic groups, strengthen the diversity of our borough and are a huge part of our rich cultural heritage,” he said.
“It is, therefore, only right that we recognise the importance of this day to our Bangladeshi community. We are proud to fly their flag in honour of their nation’s golden jubilee.”
He added: “The Mayoress and I have attended previous celebrations for this day and it is sad that people will miss out this year.”
Letters have been sent to members of the Bangladeshi community in the borough to mark the day.
Cllr Dick said it is hoped that events can be organised later in the year to celebrate both the occasion and the contribution the Bangladeshi community make to life in South Tyneside, if circumstances allow.