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Scottish Sikh Community leader passes away

Sikh community leader Hans Singh, who helped establish Scotland’s first Gurdwara, has died aged 87.

Mr Singh, a mathematics graduate originally from Amritsar, settled with his wife in Glasgow in 1948.

He was a widely respected community leader who spearheaded the successful campaign, which saw Sikhs gain exemption from wearing safety helmets when wearing their turban. 

Mr Singh was also the secretary of the Guru Granth Sahib Gurdwara in Glasgow for 15 years.  

In 1962, he represented Glasgow Sikhs at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Nehru during his visit to Scotland.

Mr Singh, who is survived by his wife Parsin Kaur and three of their four children, died peacefully on Christmas Day.

His son Ranbir said his father was "much loved" had been "very proud" to serve his community.

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