The Biman Bangladesh Airline’s 40th Anniversary Manchester Event on Sunday 22nd was attended by more 500 of the most influential Bangladeshis from around the UK with guests representing a huge range of business, media and community organisations. The event opened with Quaran Tilawath by Hifiz Shahin Ahmed Runu.
The evening’s celebrations began with the showing of “Wings of Freedom” – a video compiled especially for the event celebrating 40 years of Biman and Bangladesh from the first planes acquired after independance upto the arrival Biman’s new Boeing 777 at Manchester in Nov 2011. following which the anniversary cake was ceremonially cut by Mohammed Salah Uddin Biman’s – Regional Manager assisted by the assembled dignitaries on stage.
The formal speeches of the occasion were made by special guests familiar to all: Oldham Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Iqbal Ahmed OBE, Kabir Ahmed JP, MBE, DL and Zoky Ahad Assistant Commissioner for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh were introduced by Biman Regional Manager Mohammed Salah Uddin. All speakers praised the progress made by Bengalis over the past 40 years and spoke of their pride in their achievements in the UK and in the home country and remembered the sacrifices made for their freedom. Some commented on that airline’s history in was also symbolic of the growth, independance and identity of the nation.
The heartfelt speeches were followed by an entertainment of cultural programmes featuring the Dance, Songs and Music of Bangladesh.
The event was held at the Grand Venue Oldham.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Muzahid Khan.