Eastleigh Mela will be celebrating it’s ninth year tomorrow (Sunday 6 July) with an attempt by Hampshire firefighters to break the world record for the world’s largest naan bread.
As usual the popular community event will be held on Leigh Road recreation ground with participants and performers from a range of diverse backgrounds such as an Irish Dance group, The Eastleigh Fusion Choir, A Dragon Dance group, a puppet theatre, or a English Pop cover band. There are National performers from the Asian pop scene, like Tasha Tah, San 2, JC Sona and Sonu.
Firefighters are confident that they will beat the world naan record whilst raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, Water Wells Project and Hampshire Hurracanes.
The aim is to cook a naan bread at least 3 metres by 1.2 metres. The current record measured 2.89 metres by 1 metre and weighed 9.5 kg (20lb 15oz).
The firefighters will be assisted in their attempt by local naan experts – staff from the Badi Mirchi and Sanjha restaurant.
There will also a host of other attractions on the Rec including a climbing wall, dance workshops and competitions, kite making, face painting, falconry display, puppet theatre and sports activities for children.
There will be food from Poland, the Caribbean, Indian subcontinent, and from the AWCA stall, special home made Kulfis- Indian ice creams, in Chocolate, Coconut and Vanilla flavours together with stalls selling crafts , jewellery and giving health checks and information.
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Tony Noyce said:
“I’m delighted to be attending The Mela that is loved by all our communities and celebrates ‘Cultural Fusion’. We are happy to support this great community event.”
The Mela is organised by volunteers from the Asian Welfare and Cultural Association, (AWCA), and receives support from various groups and organisations, including Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Darshan Mann, Chair of the AWCA said,
” The Mela is a feel-good event. It celebrates and shows how we can enjoy being with each other, share music, food and savour the sunshine.”
There is also support from Barclays Bank, Costco, Asda, Yau Brothers, Churches Together, and Eastleigh Gurkha and Nepalese Association (EGNA).
Ram Kalyan ‘Kelly’ Project and Station Manager from Unity 101 Radio said:
“The Mela gives us an opportunity to advance better understanding of each other through the medium of music, traditional dance and sharing of food – including a giant naan”.
The Mela will run form 11am – 6pm and you can watch the naan record attempt at 12 noon,