Mahmoud M Patel

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Mahmoud 01

Mahmoud describes his first impressions of Gloucester when he was 8 years old and his family's long journey there from Barbados on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1961 only to find accomodation in the Karachi Restaurent

Mahmoud 02

Mahmoud compares his experiences of growing up and accomodation at the Karachi Restaurent, Bradford, and Barbados, and how the family settled in Salisbury Road just off Barton Street

Mahmoud 03

Mahmoud explains how his father provided accomodation for the "rainbow of people" employed seasonally by Walls Ice Cream

Mahmoud 04

Mahmoud tells us about his love of the English language, of becoming aware of speaking "a different English" when attending St James' junior school, and of the inspiring teachers there who encouraged his "thirst for learning"

Mahmoud 05

Mahmoud reflects on the first generation of Muslims to move to Gloucester and their "visionary" role in founding first Madrassa's there

One family's journey to Salisbury Road from India via Barbados in the 1960s

By Ollie Taylor

Mahmoud Patel's family were originally from Gujarat in India, but he was born and grew up in Barbados in the West Indies.

In this interview, Mahmoud vividly remembers what it was like to arrive in Gloucester aged 8 and to move to Salisbury Road (just off Barton Street) after his early childhood in Barbados. He also reflects on his first experiences of going to school at St James' and of becoming aware of speaking "a different English" there.

In the final excerpt, Mahmoud compares his own experience of moving to Gloucester with his father's, and praises the first generation of Muslims who moved to the area for their "visionary" stance in founding services for this new community.

Click on the link if you would like to see Mahmoud's story on stage.

This page was added by Ollie Taylor on 17/01/2012.