The Andover Nepalese Community celebrated the Nepalese New Year - they have reached 2068 - at Harrow Way Community School on Saturday. There were cultural dances, Nepalese food and a wide range of entertainment.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Cllr Chris and Frances Lynn were guests, together with the Leader of the Council, Ian Carr and his wife Beryl, and Cllr Sandra Hawke. Sir George and the Mayor were presented with a traditional Nepalese knife - a khukuri - and stayed to watch some group dancing. "There are some 200 members of the Nepalese Community in and around Andover, and they want to preserve their own culture but at the same time integrate with the host community. It was a pleasure to meet most of them, particularly those who had served in the Ghurka Regiment and had now made this country their home." The celebrations began at 3pm and went on until after 10pm, and the entertainment was provided by local artists.