The ladies all smiles at the colorful Punjabi dance competition in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Mayor Amrik Jhawar with Derby winners

Teams from across the UK traveled to the Telford Cultural and Leisure Center in Hadley for the first-ever UK-wide Gidda competition. A Derby team, “Addi Tappa”, emerged victorious.

Councilor Amrik Jhawar, Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, was the chief guest and presented the prizes to the winning team and everyone who took part in the competition.

One member from each team was also selected as Rani’s gidhna (folk dance queen).

The event was covered by three British Indian television channels and national Indian newspapers.

The winners of the UK’s 1st gidha competition were Derby’s Addi Tappa, with councilor Amrik Jhowar at the trophy presentation

It was organized by Mokesh and Sunita Mehmi, the owner of Prem’s Wedding Decorations, Wellington.

In a joint statement, they said: ‘It was amazing. The atmosphere was electric. All the ladies came dressed in traditional Punjabi dresses in bright rainbow colors and they were full of life. All the tickets were sold out and because they were all so good, choosing the ultimate winner was the hardest job.

Mokesh and Sunita said they wanted to thank everyone who attended the event and in particular the two hostesses and five judges, as well as their fellow team members, Taro Kaur and Hardeep Baglee.

The trophies were sponsored by Julies Convenience Store in Hadley.