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Wahida Shaffi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424105

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.001.0001

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Akhtar Sheikh

Akhtar Sheikh

White Abbey Road

(p.121) Akhtar Sheikh
Our stories, our lives
Wahida Shaffi
Policy Press

This chapter discusses the story of Akhtar Sheikh, who had the grandest shop on White Abbey Road. Together with her husband, Akhtar had a house in Weston Street, just off White Abbey Road. When she and her husband opened Sheikh Fabrics, in 1963, they had many customers from London. There were no fabric shops in London then, and people used to go to Bradford to buy it. By the time Akhtar's husband fell ill, they had three shops in Whetley Lane. They had the Kebabeesh Restaurant, Whetley Lane Food Store, and a shop called Chaman Cloth. But Akhtar gave up the fabric shop when her husband had cancer, and eventually, he died. Being financially independent gave Akhtar strength.

Keywords:   Akhtar Sheikh, White Abbey Road, Sheikh Fabrics, Kebabeesh Restaurant, Whetley Lane, Chaman Cloth

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