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NOWKA BAIS CELEBRATES JUBILEE IN STYLE


Battling the winds, braving the elements and breaking new ground, the fifth annual National Nowka Bais anchored itself into the pages of history as the most successful Bangladeshi event dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee. Held at the picturesque Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire on Sunday 1st July 2012, the Nowka Bais truly lived up to the glory and grandeur of its Eastern origins. Attracting over 4000 people, with 18 teams from all over the UK competing, the event was also graced by an array of distinguished guests including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, repre- senting the Queen, the Mayor of Oxford, former British High Commissioner in Bangladesh, Anwar Choudhury, Andrew Smith MP and Lord Mayor of Oxford.


The handmade authentic Bangladeshi long boats carried the gallant teams in their attempts to win the £1000 prize money and the Eastern Pride trophy for themselves. The races were not without shock or drama with the reign- ing champions being eliminated in the first heat and the constant danger of the whole tournament having to be abandoned due to the bad weather.


Ultimately, the Coventry Lions rowed their way powerfully to a well earned victory. Closely following, the Oldham Owls just could not do enough to swoop into first place, having victory stolen out of their clutches, honourably taking


second place. The Sylhet Royal’s nobly took third place, regal as runner ups.


Closing the day’s events the Stranger Family caused waves amongst their multi-cultural audience showcasing the development and success of modern British Bangladeshi and Asian culture in music and modern art. The founder of the event restaurateur Aziz ur Rahman gave a passionate and informative speech hon- ouring the Queen, the competitors and the community for their continued support. He said,” This is a very traditional sport in Bangladesh, which is influenced by the waterways which is an important element of Bangladeshi life and it is a joy to see it being brought to the UK.”


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