Property entrepreneur behind Asian Mela festival in Greenwich loses fight to cancer

A property entrepreneur behind the Asian Mela in Greenwich, who championed the interest of businesses, education and the community has lost his fight to cancer.

Sadhu Singh Biring, 68, who lived in Greenwich, since arriving from India in 1962, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago and died last week.

But he “ardently” continued to carry out his commitments, according to manager Ameen Hussain at the ARC Training centre he launched.

Mr Hussain said: “Many recall his youth when he worked as a TV engineer. In the early 70s he successfully embarked on a career in the property business, initially undertaking the reconstruction of derelict properties and turning them into affordable housing.

“He confronted the problems of deprivation, fear of crime, poor facilities, racism and culture.” He provided support to local businesses while managing his own, he added.

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In 1991 he formed the Greenwich Asian Chamber of Commerce while also serving on various government and council initiatives.

He also established the Asian Mela festival in Greenwich and the ARC Training Centre teaching business and English.

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