November 30, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Gravesend: The statue of late Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji, Distinguished Flying Cross, was unveiled during a ceremony at Gravesend in the UK. Mahinder Singh Pujji went to the UK in 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force during the World War II. He died in 2010 at the age of 92 in Gravesend.
This was possible due to the efforts of Gravesham borough councillor Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who not only made efforts to raise the money but also convinced the Gravesham borough council and its leaders, both ruling and the Opposition.
Speaking to The Tribune, Dhesi, former mayor and Labour Party MP candidate for Gravesham, said, “It is a momentous day, not only for the community of Gravesham, but for the entire nation. I’m sure that such initiatives will help in further integrating our community members. He said Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend, had helped in raising a considerable amount of money.
Gravesham mayor John Caller welcomed everyone and talked about the long journey to install the statue of the “extraordinary local hero”. He praised the intricate detail and magnificent work of sculptor Douglas Jennings. Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer elaborated on the history of the “courageous” officer pilot. He pulled the cord to unveil the 8-ft bronze statue mounted on a 4-ft Portland stone plinth.
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