As the nation gears up for the Centenary of the Great War, UKPHA team member Harbakhsh Grewal had the pleasure of attending a very special WWI Centenary reception in the garden of No.10 Downing Street yesterday, hosted by the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP.

As well as enjoying a moving live rendition of 'Keep the Home Fire's Burning' the audience was entranced by a wonderful performance by Joey from the stage play War Horse which left young and old alike mesmerised by his lifelike behaviour.

Downing Street in the sunshine

Downing Street in the sunshine

UKPHA was there to represent the Sikh contribution and to highlight our project 'Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One' which launches next week at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) with a major exhibition from 9 July to 28 September.

Comedian Hugh Dennis ('Mock the Week', 'Outnumbered' etc) was also there and was keen to learn more about the Sikh contribution. We hope he makes it along to the exhibition to do just that!

Other attendees included senior representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Imperial War Museum (IWM), the National Archives, various government departments and an array of engaging Centenary projects big and small; as well as long time champion of the non-white Commonwealth's contribution, Baroness Flather, amongst many others including school children. 

To see a short video of Joey at No.10 Downing St see