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Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham.

Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Part 4).

Gradually my marriage improved but deep down all my dreams were crushed. I mostly stayed around the house as all my ambitions were gone. I started working in the family business and I had another baby boy. I guess the family was pleased as I produced another boy. The more I worked in the family business, the more I felt I was in charge.

HJVI wanted to make the business grow and gradually started Introducing new things. Eventually I got it busy and running. The business kept me occupied and away from family life for a while. I developed a routine of finishing at school time to collect my kids. I did the shopping, picked up the children and started over again. Other daily chores included cooking, feeding the family and looking after my disabled mother in law.

Even though I developed a routine, it felt as though every day was the same. It became monotonous.

All the restrictive cultural expectations were getting me down but I carried on accepting it. I simply got my head down, kept my distance and played along with it.

My mum and dad lived over the road and it seemed that everyone was happy because I was an obedient daughter-in-law, wife and mother. I remember thinking would I want my daughters to have the same life as me? I was still controlled by everyone. I was regularly told how to raise and discipline my children. It felt as though I had no say over my children but I continued to go along with it because I didn’t want to cause any further distress to my parents.

Tragically my brother suddenly passed away in a car accident. My life collapsed around me. Everything and everyone became irrelevant. He was still studying and I was very close to him.

He was only 22 but very mature for his age. He was aware of my anguish and I remember him telling me that I had great kids and to make sure the girls go to university and that he would always be there for them no matter what.

After the loss of my baby brother, I struggled with depression. My marriage and relationship with my family ended. I realised how short life is and that my destiny was still in my hands as long as I was alive. I came to a refuge in Leeds and stayed there for eight months whilst trying to get better. This time, my family totally disowned me. I felt alone and vulnerable and missed my brother immensely.

(Part 5 continues next month)

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by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

Over the past few months I have been spending an increasing amount of time working at a computer, and like so many of us living in these technologically driven time, I am racking up a serious amount of screen time on a daily basis.

But, when one day recently I realised that I had been concentrating so intensely on my work that my focused expression had tipped over into full blown scowling territory, it got me wondering what effect that could potentially have on my face over time, and what other damage my technological dependency could be having on my skin – and ultimately, whether it may be time for digital detox?

It turns out that my concerns were not unfounded, as it would seem that ‘computer-face’, the catch-all term for the collection of problems attributed to excessive use of computers and other digital devices, is indeed a ‘thing’! Now, I’m very fond of expressive faces, and I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that I would much prefer to earn my lines and wrinkles through laughter, and a life fully lived, than from countless hours spent staring at my laptop screen, or squinting to read the tiny type on my smart phone!

computer-and-glassesAlarmingly, this is not the not the only havoc our tech habits may potentially wreak on our appearance, as in addition to the cumulative effect of scowling or squinting at one screen or another day after day, our heavy use of technology is also being blamed by some dermatologists for contributing to both the early development of jowls, and a phenomena known as ‘tech-neck’ – which is the formation of lines or wrinkles above the collarbone and on the neck caused by straining the head forward or downwards to look at a screen. It’s also worth mentioning that when you’re working in this position, or going a step further and spending hours hunched over a computer (I’m hugely guilty of this!), your breathing is likely to be shallow, particularly if you are working under pressure or in a stressful environment.

Shallow breathing has a two-fold negative impact on your skin. Firstly, it reduces the efficiency of one of the body’s natural detoxification systems, as it is estimated that the lungs expel approximately 70% of all toxins eliminated from the body, and deep breathing assists in this process. Secondly, it can contribute to a dull and lacklustre complexion as breathing air fully into the lungs helps to boost oxygen delivery to cells, giving rise to that healthy glow we all hanker after.

To counteract this try adapting the position in which you use your phone or computer, take regular breaks, try to pay attention to your breathing and frequently stretch your neck muscles. Also, ensure that you moisturise your neck daily (an area which often goes overlooked) and remember to take the product all the way down the neck towards the collarbone.

If the issues I’ve outlined so far aren’t reason enough to perhaps reconsider the way in which we use technology then read on, there’s worse still to come! As in our fast paced, hyper-connected, 24 hour ‘switched on’ society these problems don’t just affect us 9 – 5, they are creeping up on as at night too! This is largely because the blue light emitted by our phones (and other devices) disrupt our natural sleep/wake cycle, leaving us feeling tired (yet wired!) with dark under eye circles, and over time accelerated levels of collagen breakdown caused by the action of the stress hormone cortisol.

Also, those endless phone notifications pinging away at all hours can leave us feeling that we are always on alert, and are constantly operating in reactive mode, which can be interpreted by the body as a stressor. To minimise this try to implement a technology curfew as often as possible, and allow yourself a couple of hours to wind down before going to bed, ideally don’t sleep with your phone near your bed, and switch off all notifications for the night.

If you’re baffled by blemishes or skin rashes your phone or computer could be the culprit. Keyboards and phones can be full of bacteria, which can easily be transferred to the skin of the face, leading to breakouts, so just like make-up brushes, or any other beauty tools used on the face the importance of keeping your phone clean to help maintain skin health cannot be overstated. In the case of skin rashes you could possibly be sensitive to the material in your phone casing, as it may contain nickel, which many people are allergic to.

After reading all that it may be tempting to swear off technology altogether! But, for most of us it has become ingrained in most aspects of our daily lives, and has many positive benefits. It is my opinion that we should be mindful of the potentially detrimental effects that technology could have on our appearance and health, fortunately we can mitigate many of these problems, and most of them quite easily. Now I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll hang on to my digital devices, and do my best to keep my scowling computer face in check!

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Shama Zulqurnain was born on 11 August 1977 at Boundary Park Hospital Oldham.

Raised in a traditional cultural Muslim family, faith was an important factor whilst growing up as her ancestors were from the Dina District of Jhelum, Pakistan. Her father was from Dina and her mother was from Jhelum when they arrived in England as teenagers and eventually married in Oldham. Shama has a unique story. A story of love, hate, betrayal, cultural differences and religious interpretations. This is Shama’s story… (Part 3).

My relationship with my family and parents gradually improved. As I was now a family woman myself, I got financial help from my parents to help with the girls. I was in my parents good books but it wasn’t easy. It was hard being a house wife, a daughter in law and a mother at the same time.

image1 - CopyI wished that I went on to do further higher education and tried to do courses at home but my family did not allow me to pursue it. It felt as though I was married to an entire clan instead of one man. I was constantly told of what to wear and how to raise my daughters. I was told to be a ‘good cultural’ women. I was stuck at home all day and whenever guests came to visit on a regular basis, I was stuck in the kitchen preparing food whilst at the same time looking after my children. At this point, my marriage was going downhill fast. My husband never supported me and his family were becoming more and more unpleasant towards me. I remember running away to my parent’s home when it got difficult, but my parents would always send me back saying there is nothing they could do. I was sent back several times by my parents as the family issues deteriorated quickly. When my husband became violent towards me, I finally gave up and ran away to Oldham.

I got a council house but my parents still disagreed with me knowing very well that my marriage was not healthy. I took a stand and went to college when the girls were at full time nursery. For the first time after a very long time, I felt happy and I had a regular routine where I finished college, picked the girls up, and then went home. I was now making new friends but it felt strange as I was doing my GCSE’s at the age of 23. I was thinking of becoming a teacher as it would fit in with my girl’s school times. Hence, I made my mind up to study and become a teacher.

I was so happy during my time at college until my parents came to me demanding that I go back to my husband. I didn’t want to go as I wanted to carry on at college and take my GCSE’s, A-levels and eventually go to university. But they managed to emotionally blackmail me and they got me back with my husband. All my dreams were crushed… again. My father went down on his knees begging me to get back with my husband. What was I supposed to do seeing my father in this position? After thinking long and hard and realising the shame I had brought upon my parents, I agreed to give my husband another chance. My husband came straight away and moved in with me and girls. I asked if I could carry on with studies, but as expected, no one agreed.

I was back to square one and realised that I will never get an opportunity to complete my studies. I was just a house wife and I was getting pressured by my in-laws and husband to have another baby. They wanted a son and started to come out with comments like ‘I can only give birth to girls.’ I soon began to feel like it was true and it made me feel as though I was worthless. Eventually, I planned to have my third child just to shut them up.

I was praying for my unborn child to be a son to secure me in this family as there was no other way out. Throughout the nine months of my pregnancy, my mother-in-law used to say ‘Oh ALLAH, please give her something good.’ I felt bad because if I give birth to another girl, I would be letting everyone down. As it happened, finally I had given birth to a baby boy. The family suddenly changed and I was treated like a princess, as though I had given birth to a lump of gold. (Part 4 continues next month).

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Leeds Millennium Square will host a brand new outdoor classical music spectacular this summer.

Stars including X Factor and Popstar to Opera Star winner Joe McElderry, soprano Laura Wright, and violinist Jennifer Pike will take to the stage on Saturday, July 30 for the exciting A Classical Summer’s Evening concert.

500_classicalSet in a specially created, fully seated auditorium on Millennium Square, the show will also feature music from the Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras.

Conducted by Tim Redmond, the programme will feature some all-time classical favourites such as Summer from the Four Seasons and Meditation from Thais, operatic classics Haanera from Carmen, Puccini´s O Mio Babbini Caro and Nessun Dorma, together with some popular sing-alongs from hit musicals including Les Miserables, West Side Story and The Sound of Music.

Joe McElderry has sold more than two million records, including his albums Classic and Classic Christmas, which both went gold within two weeks of release.

He also recently appeared in Leeds as Joseph in Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Laura Wright is one of the biggest selling classical artists of the decade, with more than one million album sales.

Nominated for a Classical Brit Award, Laura was the first mezzo soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium and has toured with stars including tenor Alfie Boe, Russell Watson and opened for Andrea Bocelli.

Jennifer Pike gained international recognition in 2002, when, aged 12, she became the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prize-winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition.

The new classical concert will be one of the highlights of this year’s Millennium Square Summer Series, which will see concerts taking place on the square throughout the summer months.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We’re very excited to announce this new classical music spectacular which will be a wonderful addition to what is a varied and eclectic concert programme this summer.

“The concert includes something for everyone and we’re delighted to be welcoming such high-profile artists to perform here in Leeds where I’m sure they will create an incredible atmosphere.

“Millennium Square is the perfect place to bring an outdoor classical concert back to Leeds, putting music and culture right at the heart of the city centre for everyone to enjoy in what I’m sure will be a truly unique event.”

Gates for the concert are scheduled to open from 6pm, with the main performance set to begin at approximately 7.30pm. A licensed bar, catering concessions and toilet facilities will also be provided.

Tickets for A Classical Summer’s Evening go on sale on Monday, May 23 and are available to purchase online at www.leeds.gov.uk/classical or in person / by telephone from City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks on Millennium Square (0113 224 3801)

Tickets are priced at £25 category A, £22 category B and £19.50 category C with discounts available for LEEDSCard / Breezecard holders and other concessions.

A special VIP package is also available. Priced at £75 the package includes reserved seating in a prime location directly facing the stage together with a champagne reception and hot / cold buffet set in the Civic Hall banqueting suite. The package includes the opportunity to meet the artists for photos and autograph signing before the show starts.

Enhanced facilities for disabled attendees will also be available at the event, including a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter and a hearing loop audio enhancement system within a designated accessible viewing area, raised viewing platform, disabled toilet provision and a Changing Places high dependency unit.

For further details visit www.leeds.gov.uk/classical or contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 395 0891 or by email at events@leeds.gov.uk.

The Millennium Square Summer Series kicks-off from Friday, July 22 with live performances over the first weekend by Ocean Colour Scene and the Cribs organised by local promoters Futuresound.

The programme also includes the return of The Magic of Motown Under the Stars which is back by popular demand following last year’s sell out show and this year will feature special guest performances by Clem Curtis of The Foundations and X Factor semi-finalist Che Chesterman.

The programme closes on Sunday, August 7 when the square will host the Parade Stage for the annual Leeds Pride celebrations.

For further details visit www.leds.gov.uk/summerseries

 

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Bradford Council is once again partnering up with British Cycling and Sky for the seventh year running to hold this ever popular cycling event on Sunday, June 5.

Sky Rides are big, celebratory events which take over a city centre so lots of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

The ride will start again at the gantry in the multi-award winning City Park and go round the main streets of the city centre – this time taking in the new Broadway shopping development.

The route will wend its way up Market Street, Sunbridge Road, Darley Street, Lower Kirkgate, up Church Bank past the Cathedral and down into Little Germany, before returning back to City Park via City Hall.

In addition to cycling there will be lots of free things to do on the day – style your bike at the ‘Tricks & Tunes’ area, take part in our cycling game shows, grab your free Sky Ride bib and get snapped in our photo booth.

Register for Sky Ride Bradford and you’ll be entitled to a free expert bike check (worth £14.99) at Halfords – perfect to get you all set for the big day.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “We are delighted to host the first of the nationwide Sky Ride events.

“It has really grown in popularity, particularly with families, who can enjoy safely riding together on traffic-free roads, as well as the entertainment laid on in and around City Park.”

Tom Mutton, British Cycling’s Recreation Manager for Bradford Council, said: “Sky Ride Bradford is a great way to explore the city traffic-free. It’s the perfect day out for all the family, with lots of activities to take part in both on and off the bike. Be one in a million and register your free place today at goskyride.com/BradfordSkyRide.”

Although the gantry is in City Park, participants can start anywhere on the route at any time between 11am – 3pm.

Road closures are listed on goskyride.com/BradfordSkyRide in the coming weeks.

Sky Ride Bradford is always very popular so British Cycling and Sky recommend that people register their free place ahead of the event to take advantage of some special offers such as the free bike check – and encourage family and friends to do the same.

 

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by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

Last month, influential beauty blogger Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) hit the headlines when she shared her trick to growing thicker eyebrows with her reported 12.9m Instagram followers. Now it’s no secret that big brows are big business, and when it comes to achieving perfect brows (the current Holy Grail of beauty) it seems that no tip is too strange, or in this case too stinky to try!

The 60 second clip (which achieved some 60.5k likes) showed Huda demonstrating how she rubs raw onion on her brows to encourage them to grow. Her explanation for this seemingly bizarre beauty hack being that “onion juice has sulphur which speeds up the growth of hair and makes it thicker.”

eyebrow-onionsCurious to discover if this brow boosting tip really is backed up by science, or if rubbing onion anywhere near your eyes is simply a recipe for disaster, I did some digging and learned that sulphur does in fact play a critical role in the healthy development and cells and hair growth. And, although most of the information I found was related to dietary sulphur, and the effects of nutrition on hair growth, I did discover an interesting study from 2002 (published in the Journal of Dermatology) which demonstrated that the topical application of raw onion juice showed a positive (and measurable) effect on hair growth among a group of subjects with the hair loss condition alopecia areata.

However, if you are tempted to try this tip for yourself please proceed with caution, as it is not entirely without risk. Onions contain enzymes that can cause tearing, inflammation and stinging of the eyes – and the onion does not necessarily need to come into direct contact with the eyes to trigger these unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms.

how-to-make-eyebrows-grow-back-1Now, whilst I believe it is up to the individual to determine whether the onion juice tip is worth a try (or possibly a cry!), where skincare is concerned I certainly wouldn’t swerve the supermarket or store cupboard altogether, in fact your kitchen may already be home to all manner of natural beauty boosting ingredients, many of which have stood the test of time, having been passed down through the generations (with some even dating back as far as Ancient Egyptian times) – and that won’t make your eyes water!

Rosewater
Let’s begin with my current favourite food based skin saviour, a budget friendly, beautifully fragranced and versatile product, rosewater makes a wonderful facial toner, and can be mixed with both glycerin and/or witch hazel making it both hydrating and astringent – without being harsh on the skin. Or, for a simple refreshing and calming skincare mist, try mixing equal parts rosewater and sterile water in a sterilised spray bottle and spritz over your skin. 

Avocado
As well as being delicious, avocados offer powerful beauty benefits both inside and out. In her book ‘Eat Pretty’ beauty and health coach Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP explains how avocados provide one of the healthiest sources of fat in nature, are rich in vitamin E which helps maintain strong, hydrated skin cells and B vitamins which play a role in detoxification. Applied topically avocados make amazing face masks, either on their own, or combined with other ingredients such as olive oil, honey or raw egg white. To give this a go simply cut an avocado in half, remove the nut, scoop out and mash up the flesh, apply to clean skin and leave to work for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

Honey
Honey, particularly raw or unpasteurised, is an amazingly versatile ingredient to introduce into your skincare arsenal. It is packed full of antioxidants, has naturally antibacterial properties and thanks to it’s ability to attract and retain moisture it works wonders for restoring skin hydration and elasticity. Reaping all these benefits couldn’t be easier, simply smooth a thin layer over clean, dry skin, leave to work for approximately half an hour and rinse off with warm water.

Baking soda
It turns out that this everyday store cupboard ingredient can do more than just help make your cakes rise! It has a multitude of uses due to its natural cleansing, exfoliating and deodorising properties – a triple threat for treating tired, rough or otherwise unhappy feet. Try dissolving 2 – 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl of warm water and soak feet for 15 – 20 minutes for a skin smoothing and softening treat.

Coffee grounds
Love a cuppa? Well you may want to reconsider ditching your used coffee grounds as they make an excellent base for an effective body exfoliator. Experience a different kind of caffeine fix by mixing half a cup of used coffee grounds with half a cup of brown sugar and a quarter of a cup of olive oil (or alternatively you can use almond or coconut oil) and use once or twice per week to slough away dead skin cells and boost circulation.

Do you have a kitchen cupboard beauty secret you’d like to share? Tweet me at @SarahUrbanEcho

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New businesses seem to be opening on a regular basis in Bradford’s rejuvenated city centre. This was predicted before the opening of the Broadway Centre, as it now appears that the long awaited opening of the flagship store has finally acted as a catalyst for other businesses to follow suit.

Facebook-20160511-101630Situated on the doorstep of Broadway on Kirkgate, Brits Hair & Beauty has added increased footfall to the area since its opening in December last year. An existing business for thirty years, when it was situated in a smaller premises in Little Horton Lane, Brits Hair & Beauty is today attracting customers from all over the county.

The business originally used the Fresh Fare / Seafresh premises on Little Horton Lane from 2001. Fresh Fare was an existing and well established business which had already been operating for thirty years when Brits Hair & Beauty moved in at the beginning of the millennium.

Facebook-20160511-101815Brits Hair and Makeup was set up by Mohammed Matloob who realised that there was a need for exclusive hair and make-up accessories to cater for the African-Caribbean and South Asian market as there were no other businesses who catered for their needs.

In saying that Brits Hair & Beauty is a retailer that cater for all hair and beauty needs and specialise in human hair extensions with a wide selection displayed on their shop floor.

Mr Matloob has spent £230,000 on the store with help from the Bradford Council Growth Zone initiative which was set up to support new businesses and existing business growth in the city centre.

Mr Hussain states, “We have had a fantastic response since we opened in December and we are now running out of space due to the demand from our customers. We have customers from Leeds, Bradford and as far as Manchester because our stock is unique and of the highest level of quality. My colleague Amir Hussain manages the business and he has worked tirelessly to get it to this point.

Facebook-20160511-101833“We don’t only specialise in African-Caribbean and South Asian hair extensions and make-up as we also cater for all hair and beauty needs regardless of skin colour and origin.”

As demand for their products increases, Mr Hussain has now taken the business online. He tells us, “We have now gone online on sites such as Ebay and Amazon and we are currently developing a website.”

The premises also houses the popular Italian hairdressing expert Rosa Massimo downstairs. The award-winning hairdresser has worked alongside a range of big names in the hair industry such as Vidal Sassoon academy, TIGI, Colory – for whom she is already a qualified teacher – Andrew Collinge, Redken, Revlon, Anthony Mascolo, and many more.

Mr Hussain concludes, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bradford Council for all their help and assistance during our set up. Without their help, this would not have been possible. These are very exciting times for Bradford and I am glad that I am contributing to the city’s regeneration. I hope we continue to grow as a business and as a city.”

 

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by Sarah Taylor
by Sarah Taylor

April is global Rosacea Awareness Month, so in support of this important campaign this month’s column is dedicated to helping increase awareness of rosacea, and offer a basic insight into this widespread, but often misunderstood, skin condition.

So, what is rosacea? Who does it affect? What causes it and how can it be treated?

Rosacea (pronounced ro-zay-sha) is a long-term, inflammatory skin condition which usually only affects the face. It is considered to be a common condition which (according to the NHS; source: www.nhs.uk) is estimated to affect up to 1 in 10 people in the UK, with around 1 in 600 people being newly diagnosed every year.

Who gets rosacea?

Anyone of any age, including children, or ethnicity can develop rosacea. However, it most commonly affects adults between the ages of 30 and 60. It tends to affect women (particularly during menopause) more often than men, and generally occurs more frequently among people with fair skin.

Rosacea_diagramWhat causes it?

Although the exact underlying cause of rosacea is not known, it is believed that the condition occurs as a result of something causing irritation to the skin. It is also thought that people may inherit a predisposition to developing the condition.

What are the symptoms?

The most recognisable symptoms associated with rosacea are skin redness and flushing, which happen as a result of the blood vessels in the skin dilating too rapidly. The skin may also be prone to sensitivity and itching or burning sensations, and these symptoms (along with the redness and flushing may be induced, or made worse by exposure to certain triggers – often referred to as a ‘flare-up’. Other symptoms include visible broken capillaries (usually around the nose and across the cheeks), small bumps and pimples and coarse skin. In rare cases rosacea can lead to thickening of the skin of the nose, giving it a swollen, lumpy appearance, this particular symptom tends to affect men more than women.

What-is-RosaceaIt is important to state at this point that if you suspect you may have rosacea it is vital that you consult your GP for an accurate diagnosis. As although the condition has no cure, there are numerous treatment options available which can help manage the symptoms and minimise flare-ups.

Self care for rosacea symptoms

In addition to the treatments prescribed by a GP, dermatologist or other healthcare professional there are a number of self care strategies that can be utilised to help to ease, or manage, the symptoms of rosacea.

These include:

Identifying and minimising exposure to known triggers, such as spicy food or extreme weather conditions (other frequently reported triggers include exercise, alcohol and emotional stress).

Applying sun protection on a daily basis, and avoiding sun exposure.

Maintaining a gentle skin care routine, and using luke-warm water instead of hot water when washing the skin.

Using skin care and make-up products formulated for people with rosacea or sensitive skin, and avoiding those containing ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, with hazel, peppermint and fragrance, which are all known to aggravate symptoms.

Where to go to find out more about rosacea

For more information about rosacea, or skin disease, please visit www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/Skinformation.aspx

The British Skin Foundation is the only UK charity dedicated to raising funds for skin disease and skin cancer research. This year the British Skin Foundation turns 20 years old, giving out more than £10,000,000 in grants to over 300 research projects since 1996.

Bradford is renowned around the world for its award-winning curries and of course it’s fish & chips.

image1Whether you opt for a traditional Chicken Tikka Masala or treat yourself to a Lamb Bhuna, Bradford has it all. Boasting some of the oldest curry houses in the country, Bradford’s love affair with the South Asian cuisine keeps on growing with countless curry houses opening on a regular basis in the city and beyond.

Local businessman and experienced restaurateur, Waheed Akhtar, along with his wife Parveen, has further enhanced Bradford’s national reputation by recently opening Lahori Karahi & Chargha. Based on Bradford Road, the impressive building (formerly known as The Farmers) has been transformed into a majestic 250 seat family diner. If you think this is just another curry house opening in the city, you are gravely mistaken.

Lahori Karahi & Chargha is unique in every sense. From its impressive interior décor and the bustling ambience, to its friendly and efficient staff, the main selling point for this new restaurant is its food.

image2Mr Akhtar, who has been in the catering industry for over two decades is determined to make his latest venture into a success. As we met on a Sunday evening, the restaurant was jam packed. People were cueing and some customers travelled as far as Manchester and Sheffield to get a taste of the new phenomenon in Bradford. Taking a few minutes out to talk to us, Mr Akhtar tells us how the restaurant has been performing since its official launch on 13th March:

“It’s been absolutely amazing. We had no idea how we would do and I think due to word of mouth and the general anticipation, we have been full to capacity almost every day.”

After our launch, the feedback was fantastic. The beauty about our food is that it attracts a very diverse customer base. You don’t have to be Asian to appreciate our food and looking around us now at the diners, you can see that we are attracting people from all walks of life.”

It is clear that Mr Akhtar has the drive and determination to make Lahori Karahi & Chargha into a success and he is in the perfect location to attract customers from both Leeds and Bradford. So what makes his food unique?

“First of all our open kitchen is unlike anything else you will see in Bradford where our customers can actually stand and watch their food being cooked. The open kitchen adds a unique aroma around the building and adds to the atmosphere. Secondly and most importantly, our dishes are prepared in an exceptional manner. Our chicken is marinated for several hours, allowing the poultries natural juices to combine with the blend of spices as it is slowly steam roasted.

“Here at Lahori, we are offering a totally different way of cooking. You could refer to it as ‘hardcore Asian’ as we want you to experience South Asian food at its truest and finest.”

As I take my first bite out of the famous dish, yes you’ve guessed… It is definitely love at first bite!

Lahori Charga & Karahi is based at 500 Bradford Road, Pudsey, LS28 8ES, Tel: 01274 664952

 

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Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today (30 Mar) launched its biggest ever Leeds Bradford winter schedule (2016), with a new route to Gran Canaria, a new winter service to Faro, and more flights to Ali-cante, Krakow, Lanzarote and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.1m customers p.a. and support 825* jobs at Leeds Bradford airport, as Ryanair grows by 20%.

Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule will deliver:

  • 1 new route to: Gran Canaria (2 wkly)
  • New winter service to Faro (2 wkly)
  • More flights to: Alicante (5 wkly), Krakow (4 wkly), Lanzarote (3 wkly) & Tenerife (3 wkly)
  • 12 routes in total
  • 1.1m customers p.a.
  • 825* “on-site” jobs p.a.

UK consumers and visitors can choose from 12 Leeds Bradford routes in winter 2016 and can look forward to further improvements, as Ryanair continues to grow strongly, while improving its customer experience through the “Always Getting Better” programme, which includes more new routes, a new app, new cabin interiors and new crew uniforms.

In Leeds, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said:

“We are pleased to launch our Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule, which includes a new route to Gran Canaria, a new winter service to Faro, and more flights to Alicante, Krakow,

Lanzarote and Tenerife, which will deliver 1.1 million customers p.a. and support 825 jobs at Leeds Bradford, as we grow by 20%.

To celebrate the launch of our Leeds Bradford winter 2016 schedule, we are releasing seats for sale from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Monday (4 April). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

Leeds Bradford Aviation Development Director, Tony Hallwood said:

“We welcome the growth in the Ryanair programme for winter 2016 following strong demand for flights over the last 12 months. The introduction of a new route to Gran Canaria will widen the air-line’s destination choice to 12 routes across 6 countries, whilst the continuation of Faro flights in-to the winter will be welcomed by overseas home owners and holidaymakers alike.

In addition, the growth in flight frequencies to Alicante, Krakow, Lanzarote and Tenerife will mean that next winter will see the largest ever winter Ryanair programme from LBA serving Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.”

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