New Delhi/London: The famous Havelock road in London’s Southall which is known for its Sikh population has finally been renamed as Guru Nanak Road, the Ealing Council officials in West London said on Sunday. The new name will come into effect in 2021 after completion of necessary procedures. Also Read - Priyanka Chopra Flouts COVID-19 Lockdown Rules By Visiting Salon in London With Mom Madhu Chopra, Police Alerted
The announcement is a timely celebration ahead of Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 30, a major Sikh festival. Also Read - Amid Fears of New COVID Strain, Flight With 256 Passengers From UK Lands in Delhi
Notably, the largest gurdwara in London, Sri Guru Singh Sabha, is also located on Havelock Road. Also Read - Air India Opens Bookings For India-UK International Flights | SOPs, Schedule And Route Details Here
The move was first announced in June this year with the rise of ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign in London that led to a review of public spaces in the city and elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
The council’s cabinet decided on July 14 that the road should be renamed to commemorate the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, as a tribute to the Sikh war veterans who have resided over generations in the area.
The road was originally named after Major General Sir Henry Havelock, a British officer who played a crucial role in the Afghan and Sikh wars, along with India’s first war of Independence in 1857 in Kanpur.