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Black History Month: East To West
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East To West
East To West is a BBC North documentary looking at the lives of those who left their lives behind in South Asia to come to the district from the 1950s to the present day. These are just some of the people featured!
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Nadira Mirza arrived in Bradford in 1979.

She says: "I thought it would be something from an Enid Blyton book. Lots of nice plump children, big detached houses with massive lawns. I'd heard that the bread was very nice and there was something called jam. I thought it would be very pleasant but very wet and rainy too. That was as a child growing up in Pakistan."

Her first impressions were mixed: "The first day I arrived in Bradford, it was snowing and grey and bleak. I still think that's a classic Bradford day. I remember the walk down Lumb Lane, which still had shops, and there was still a lot of work available in the mills. It seemed very busy. Also, there were a lot of houses and a full community in those days and thriving small restaurants. I thought it was such a lively place on one hand and so depressing on the other. The other thing I noticed was that there were no women out and about, there was no one of my age and heritage."

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Nadira then...
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