New Gurdwara Opens in Peterborough

July 9, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times/Indo-Asian News Service,001600060001.htm

On July 9, 2004 the Indo-Asian News Service reported, "A new gurdwara, or Sikh shrine, built at a cost of 500,000 pounds in multi-cultural Peterborough is being opened Saturday. Peterborough's Sikh community is busy working day and night to get the gurdwara ready for its grand opening. Six months ago the now gleaming ornate building on Royce Road was a factory unit. The majority of the men, women and children that make up the Sikh community in Peterborough have all given their time, effort and hard graft to make their dream a reality. The new temple will replace the current one in Cromwell Road, which was converted from two former terraced houses in 1974. In the early 1970s, there were only about a dozen Sikh families living in Peterborough and the temple was more than ample as a place of worship and for community events. But as Peterborough has grown in the last 30 years, so has the Sikh community. Today there are more than 1,000 Sikhs living in Peterborough."