Mahmoud M Patel
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.
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