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FOURTH NOWKA BAIS MAKES AN EVEN BIGGER SPLASH!


The Fourth Annual National Nowka Bais - or Bangladeshi Boat Race - was held on Sunday 10th July 2011 at the Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire. Organised by Azizur Rahman, owner of Aziz restaurant in Oxford, together with his two sons Abdul and Rashel, the event was well supported by the whole community including the hospi- tality industry. The event was hosted by Farhan Masud Khan, popular pre- senter at Channel S. Spice Business was proud to be associated with this special day, which was extremely suc- cessful and, helped by nice weather, attracted bigger crowds than in previ- ous years. The organisers estimated that more than 2000 people from all over UK watched the boat race.


In all, some eighteen teams took part in the competition. These represented: Channel S, London Brick Lane Tigers, Birmingham Tipton, Northampton NBA, Thames Valley Police, Pride Of Asia, Northampton West Saffron, Bangladesh Coventry Society, London Tigers, Cheltenham, Newbury, Chipping Norton, Conservative Friends of Bangladesh Hertfordshire, BRACK UK, Milton Keynes, Oxford East Bengal Tigers, Oxford Business College and Mehek Restaurant. They raced in decorated Bangladeshi boats with the crews in traditional colourful cos- tumes rowing to the sound of drums, cymbals and singing. A first for this year was the participation of female members within the BRACK UK team.


The whole crowd clearly enjoyed the races and were loudly cheering the various teams.


VIP guests included the Lord Mayor


of Oxford, Councillor Elise Benjamin; The Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP; Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Oxfordshire; Ahmad us Samad Chowdhury JP, Chairman of Channel S; Abssar M Wais, Director General BBCC; Former British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury; Enam Ali MBE; Farooq Sobhan, President of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute; the acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh in the UK and other community leaders. It turned out to be much more than a boat race and was


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