HUDDERSFIELD Muslims were in London today for the opening of western Europe's largest mosque.
About 100 members of the Huddersfield Ahmadiyya Muslim Association were attending the inauguration of the Baitul Futuh Mosque at Morden in Surrey.
They were joining about 10,000 people expected at the ceremony, which follows an unveiling of the mosque yesterday.
The mosque has been built using money given by members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect, with donations from many in Huddersfield.
The building was needed to host national religious events which could no longer be accommodated in the London Mosque, which was built in 1924 as the first purpose-built mosque in the UK.
The Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community was founded by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in India in 1889.
Now, followers are spread over 147 countries and the current leader is Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad.
The national president of the community, Rafiq Ahmed Hayat, said: "It's a historic occasion for the Ahmadiyya Muslims to add to the heritage of British culture.
"We have produced the most sophisticated mosque in Britain to serve as a landmark for the next century."