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Faces and Places Mapping Project

Uxbridge & Southall, London


Imran Shaikh age 27, Daoud Kumar age 28, Samina Shaikh age 24

 

1. Nord Green Junior School

This is where we (Imran and Daoud) met for the first time however there was year between us. We lived and still live on the same road along with so many other pupils of Nord Green as well as people like the dinner ladies and teachers from that school. We still see them all the time. We live on Wentworth road and it’s a very long straight road. I was born on this road (Imran). The school is a deaf unit school so we were all taught BSL as part of the curriculum. We all had deaf people in our classes and we all actually still know sign language. I (Saminah) am actually thinking of going into learning more BSL and making a career of it because of that period of my life. It was really cool learning how to deal with people with disabilities at that stage of our lives.

 

2. Heston Community School

We both attended this place (Imran and Daoud). Our class was a mixture of 3 year groups so we spent a lot of time together. There were also a lot of other kids from the Asian community as well as afro Caribbean, more than white kids in the school. This school is definitely part of our heritage because it holds so many memories for us and it continues to play the same kind of role for pupils to this day. In years to come other pupils will think back to the memories they have in the same places in this school as we have.

 

I remember one of the times when we were hanging in our favourite spot by the sports hall. One of the teachers ‘collared’ us for no apparent reason and dragged us off to the heads office. It was a case of mistaken identity and we had to get our parents involved too to convince the head that we hadn’t spray painted all over the girls toilet doors. As it turned out they never caught the culprit so there’s been a shadow of suspicion over us two since!

 

3. Southall Broadway

We’ve grown up coming to the Broadway. Its been really cool watching it change and watching which shops stay put becoming real parts of the heritage of the street. There are certain shops like Jalebi Junction where that seem like they’ve always been there. There’s Kababish too that does a mean Chicken Shorma with garlic sauce that we’ve always been addicted to. There are also the Asian glitzy cloth shops on the Broadway that the women in our family can’t seem to stay away from especially when the summer is drawing near, ready for the weddings!

 

We’ve never been inside but ‘Glassy Junction’ is another landmark that can’t be ignored. It’s a seriously important part of the heritage of Southall, being the first ever pub in Britain to accept Rupees over the counter.

 

The Himalaya Palace is the big cinema where a lot of our parents go to see the latest Bollywood Blockbusters. We don’t watch the movies ourselves but we all remember having to spend a few hours in the darkened theatre there while they got away from it all for a while.

 

McDonalds on the Broadway was also the first Mcd’s to sell ‘so called’ halal chicken. We say ‘so called’ because they seem to think that stunning the chickens first still makes them halal, when we actually know that a lot of the chickens that are stunned are killed by the stunning process even before they get to the part where they are cut and the prayer is recited.

 

 

What does the word ‘Heritage’ mean to you?

 

Imran Shaikh age 27, Daoud Kumar age 28, Samina Shaikh age 24

To us the word heritage talks about what ever our elders pass on to us to carry forward and to benefit.

But the thing about Southall and this part of London is that so many of our different Asian communities share this heritage of places, traditions and faiths. And what’s more important, we all do it peacefully. There’s practically no tensions between Muslims and Hindus here or even between blacks and Asians. We’ve all learnt to live side by side without trouble.