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Join the SG50 party, President Tan tells overseas S'poreans

Singaporeans living overseas have been asked to join celebrations marking the country's 50th year of independence.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam said during his state visit to the UK: "As we celebrate SG50, I hope that all Singaporeans, whether at home or overseas, will jointly commemorate our nation's growth and journey."

He was speaking on Friday at a reception in London attended by more than 200 Singaporeans.

More than 210,000 Singaporeans live overseas and the community in the UK is one of the largest in any country, Dr Tan said.

He was looking forward to hearing more about ground-up ways of celebrating SG50 next year, such as the Imperial College Singapore Society's plan to hold a show in February.

The musical will examine questions of national identity and brotherhood between Singaporeans, said the society's president, Mr Clive Aw, 22, a second-year physics student.

The Singapore-UK Association also hopes to organise a garden party next year with stalls serving hawker food from back home.

Dr Tan asked Singaporeans in Britain to "continue to build on the strong links you have with one another and back home with Singapore".

He also visited the Imperial College campus in central London on Friday and received a warm welcome from the hundreds of Singaporeans studying there.

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