Councillor Richard Lewis who is cabinet member for culture and heritage, responded saying he felt in 2008 the emphasis was rightly changed and moved to celebrating the “diverse range” of community groups across the borough.

“I believe social cohesion is achieved by integration and by opening up opportunities for all. We must root out discrimination whether it relates to the colour of someone’s skin, their sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

“We’re inordinately proud of our diverse communities which have united incredibly well under the Hillingdon flag.

“It would be impossible to celebrate different events for each of our different ethnic groups and it might even serve as a barrier to discrimination.”

He said the focus for celebration this year would be the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in which “multi-ethnic groups from across the commonwealth” took part.