Thousands of Sikhs will be marching in Woolwich to celebrate the holiest day in their calendar.

The Sikh procession will begin at the Gurdwara Temple on Masons Hill on April 11, then march through the streets of the surrounding areas, finishing at the Calderwood Street Gurdwara.

The Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan celebration will also be giving away free food to all, singing hymns and holding displays of martial-arts.

This is an annual event that is held by Sikhs all over the world for over 300 years and in Britain for over 40 years.

Woolwich Nagar Kirtan project manager Hardeep Singh said: "We place great importance on our Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan in Woolwich, as the Sikh community here is relatively small.

"We have been doing this for 15 years now and it is a great way to integrate and show the local community what the Khalsa is all about."

The Khalsa is the collective body of all initiated Sikhs.