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Akhtar Sheikh

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

in Our stories, our lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424105
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302889 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.003.0017
Akhtar Sheikh

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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

Chapter.  1717 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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