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New photos of Huddersfield

Huddersfield Railway Station and St Georges Square, March 2010

Huddersfield Railway Station and St Georges Square, March 2010


Take a look at the new images of Huddersfield added to the Asian Voices website, including the new look St Georges Square, The Empire Cinema which was popular in the 1960’s and still stand today. Also see if you can see the symbols of the British Empire on the buildings which have been around since the 1800’s. 


Interview with former Mayor of Huddersfield; Karam Hussain

Former Mayor of Huddersfield

Former Mayor of Huddersfield

In the final hours of his term as Mayor, Former Mayor Karam Hussain invited me into the Town Hall parlour to take an Oral History recording of his life as Mayor, achievements; his struggles of starting work at the age of 15 in the textile mills and how he still has a strong sense of belonging to Kashmir, his birthplace. He recalled memories of coming to England at the age of fifteen to see his dad who had left for England when he was born and described the way in which his granddad called him back to live in Kashmir after finding out he was working in England in the mills at such a young age.

Karam Hussain spent many years between homes, six months with his parents in England and six months with grandparents in Kashmir. He recalls enjoying the experience and highlights the way in which it has deepened his knowledge and life experiences, but Karam decided to settle in England when he married and started his family; as England provided a better life as was viewed by many South Asians at the time. He describes how life was hard in England and he only managed to go back to Kashmir every now and then, but he achieved his ambitions with will power and determination, describing his previous role as Mayor with a focus of bringing communities together.

Karam Hussain was Mayor of Huddersfield from May 2008-2009. He is the second South Asian Mayor of Huddersfield after former Mayor Mohan Sokhal whose term as mayor completed in 2002.

 Listen to this oral history on the Asian Voices website, along with many other oral histories from the Huddersfield community on www.asianvoices.org.uk.

Welcome to the Asian Voices Project



The Asian voices project is collecting audio interviews of South Asian men and women who came to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in the 1950’s and 1960’s through oral history recordings.

The aim of the project is to show the contributions this community has made to Huddersfield and the way in which the communities have integrated into a now culture rich Huddersfield. We want to celebrate the hard work of this once unheard community and want to relive with them the highs and lows of coming to a foreign land, leaving behind their families and working in what was then a ‘blackened’ Huddersfield.  


Greenhead Park, Huddersfield 1975

Greenhead Park, Huddersfield 1975

For the next two years, I will be collecting audio interviews, requesting photos from the 1950’s onwards in relation to Huddersfield and will welcome any comments and suggestions to improve or compliment the project (more of the latter please!!).


I have had a lot of media interest from the Examiner, Huddersfield and have a look at the Yorkshire Post web video ‘Eastern Eye’ http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/video/Eastern-eye-The-Asian-experience.4385233.jp

The website is now up and running and have a browse and listen to the interview which is now in dual languages English and Punjabi http://www.asianvoices.org.uk/  so enjoy J

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