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As February is just around the corner, check to see which famous person you share your birthday with. Many happy returns of the month to all you Aquarius’ and Pisces.

Harry Styles1 Feb – Harry Styles Member of the pop British boy band, One Direction, with Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan. The band’s first single “What Makes You Beautiful” became one of the highest-selling singles of all-time, with over 5 million copies sold worldwide.

royal_bodyguard2 Feb – David Jason Actor who starred on British TV in the series, Only Fools and Horses and played Detective Inspector Jack Frost on ITV’s A Touch of Frost.

images14JADUO43 Feb – Joachim Low Former midfielder who played for SC Freiburg from 1978 to 1980 and from 1985 to 1989. He became manager of the German national team in 2006 and led the team to a World Cup Championship in 2014.

untitled4 Feb – Oscar De La Hoya Legendary boxer known as “The Golden Boy,” he compiled a record of 39-6 and won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, competing in the lightweight class. He defeated 17 world champions over the course of his career.

Christiano Ronaldo5 Feb – Cristiano Ronaldo Became one of the top football players in the world, rising to fame as a forward for Real Madrid, who acquired him from Manchester United through a record transfer fee in 2009; became captain of the Portuguese national team in 2008.

Bob Marley6 Feb – Bob Marley Born Nesta Robert Marley, he became known as the Ambassador of Third World for his music, and sold over 75 million reggae albums worldwide. He died of cancer at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida. 1945 – 1981.

untitled (2)7 Feb – Charles Dickens Renowned 19th-century English author whose best known works include Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He created some of the most memorable characters in fiction, became known for his acute social satire, and is generally considered to be the most significant novelist of the Victorian era. 1812 – 1870.

imagesVXPAMRTD8 Feb – Big Show Self-described as the World’s Largest Athlete, he became the first wrestler to hold the World Heavyweight, ECW World, WWE, and WCW World titles. His real name is Paul Wight.

untitled (3)9 Feb – Mia Farrow Rosemary’s Baby star who has been linked to Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen. Her films include The Ex, The Omen, and Dark Horse.

Holly Willoughby10 Feb – Holly Willoughby Television host of The Voice UK, This Morning, and Celebrity Juice. She also hosted programs by BBC One and ITV.

Kelly Rowland11 Feb – Kelly Rowland Grammy Award-winning singer who gained prominence as the founding member of one of the best-selling superstar girl groups, Destiny’s Child.

Naseem Hamed12 Feb – Naseem Hamed British featherweight boxing champ who was nicknamed Prince. He compiled a career record of 36-1. Later inducted into the boxing hall of fame. Became a global superstar after epic battles with Kevin Kelly and Marco Antonio Barrera.

Robbie Williams13 Feb – Robbie Williams Star of the boy band Take That, the group that broke world records when they sold 1.6 mission concert tickets in one day.

imagesK2PZYW2514 Feb – Simon Pegg Actor, producer, and director who starred in Shaun of the Dead and played Montgomery Scott in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. His other popular films include The World’s End and Hot Fuzz.

images8OMVJSPX15 Feb – Jane Seymour British actress who became known as TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Wallis Simpson in the 1988 film The Woman He Loved.

amanda holden16 Feb – Amanda Holden Laurence Olivier Theatre Award-nominated actress in television shows Big Top and Wild at Heart. As a stage actor, she portrayed Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Britain’s Got Talent judge.

images0B05IP0T17 Feb – Michael Jordan Former high-flying Chicago Bulls shooting guard known as Air Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all-time; six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, and five-time NBA MVP.

Dr Dre18 Feb – Dr. Dre Hip hop icon who, as the chief architect of West Coast gangsta rap and a co-owner of Death Row Records, won numerous Grammy Awards, including one for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Let Me Ride” in 1994. He is also notably credited with discovering and supporting Eminem and in May 2014, he sold his headphones Beats by Dre to Apple for over $3 billion.

imagesL60NJJ3619 Feb – Ray Winstone Actor who became known to audiences for playing the titular character in the epic film Beowulf. He also appeared in The Departed, King Arthur, and Noah.

Rihanna20 Feb – Rihanna R&B singer who gained fame for songs like “Pon De Replay” and “Diamonds” and who was called one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2012.

21 Feb – Blanket Jackson Also known as Prince Michael Jackson II, he is the youngest child of late pop legend Michael Jackson.

untitled (4)22 Feb – Drew Barrymore Free-spirited actress who gained fame for her roles in E.T., Mad Love, and Charlie’s Angels. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 for her portrayal of Little Edie in Grey Gardens.

untitled (5)23 Feb – Gareth Barry English midfielder who joined Manchester City in 2009 after spending the first 11 years of his professional career with Aston Villa; became a member of the English national team in 2000.

Floyd-Mayweather-624 Feb – Floyd Mayweather Jr. Five-division world champion boxer who won 8 world titles and became known for his loud mouth and comedic personality. He was named the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes and Sports Illustrated in 2012 and 2013.

imagesM0RCO0MZ25 Feb – Shahid Kapoor Bollywood leading actor and dancer who became known for his roles in the 2007 film, Jab We Met and the 2009 film, Kaminey: The Scoundrels. He won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his acting in the 2003 film, Ishq Vishq.

imagesWSZBXRHZ26 Feb – Veena Malik Pakistani actress who starred in the 2005 film Koi Tujh Sa Kahan and the 2008 film Mohabbatan Sachiyan. Appeared in India’s version of Big Brother… Big Boss.

untitled (6)27 Feb – Elizabeth Taylor Better known as Liz Taylor, she was a Glamorous movie actress who starred in Cleopatra and Butterfield 8 during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She appeared in 11 films with Richard Burton, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1932 – 2011.

untitled (7)28 Feb – Ainsley Harriott Celebrity chef who hosted the British television show Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. He also served as resident chef on Good Morning with Anne and Nick.

Come back in March to see which celebrity you share your special day with!





Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has turned 73 today. The former world heavyweight champion, who suffers from Parkinson’s Syndrome, celebrated his birthday with his family at home.

image-7-for-editorial-pics-16-jan-2012-gallery-618169503Born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA on January 17, 1942, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr was a very active child and at the age of twelve started training at the local police station under the guidance of police officer and boxing coach John E. Martin after he complained to the coach that somebody had stolen his bicycle and he wanted to “whup” the boys who had taken it. Quickly realizing the potential and determination to succeed by the youngster, Martin coached the young Clay who went on to win six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two National Golden Gloves titles and an Amateur Athletic Union National Title within six years.

After changing his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964, he would go on to become the greatest boxer of all time and the first boxer in history to win the World Heavyweight title on three different occasions (between 1964 – 1978) fighting some of the greatest boxers the sport has ever seen including the likes of Sonny Liston, Henry Cooper, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Larry Holmes.


Last month, Urban Echo featured the inspirational story ’50 Years Of Excellence’ celebrating the extraordinary journey of success by one of Bradford’s most iconic eateries, Sweet Centre.

20141212_152745The feature received much response and feedback as Urban Echo was the first publication within the West Yorkshire region to feature the story. As well as going viral on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, ’50 Years of Excellence’ became the talk of the town and inspired many residents locally as well as nationally to pursue their dreams with hard work, dedication and perseverance.

wall 152x435On 12th December, 2014, parts of Lumb Lane in Bradford were lit up like the streets of Las Vegas as birthday celebrations were in full swing celebrating a momentous occasion. Shimmering lights swathing the face of the premises from top to bottom, Sweet Centre was officially 50 years old. Men, women and children from all faiths and backgrounds queued outside the venue in the early hours to treat themselves and their families to the award-winning breakfast, which has made Sweet Centre a household name to many Bradfordians. But not only Bradfordians were celebrating this remarkable occasion as many visitors travelled as far as Manchester, Birmingham and Coventry to join in with the celebrations.

IMG_7569Mr Malik from Birmingham lived in Bradford twenty years ago and regularly travels to Bradford exclusively to visit his favourite food place. As he munches on his favoured Halwa Puri, he tells Urban Echo, “Sweet Centre is simply the best in the UK. I have lived in Birmingham for the last twenty years and I have yet to come across a place that can compete with Sweet Centre. I just pray that the owners will one day come to Birmingham and open Sweet Centre in my city.”

It is clear that the reputation Sweet Centre has for quality food is not only local. It is also testament to the owners who have, throughout the last half century, worked tirelessly to build the reputation that it is deservedly enjoying today.

IMG_120281053026076As the celebrations continued throughout the day with hordes of customers and well-wishers entering and exiting every minute, Liaqat Habib, the son of Haji Abdul Rehman Sahib (Late) was enjoying a more low-key affair with his close family as he took this opportunity to reflect on the last fifty years and the foundation that his father had laid for him and his children.

A simple gesture of cutting a cake with his mother and elder brother Mohammad Gulzar Rehman whilst surrounded by his family was the celebration Mr Habib had in mind.

20141212_104926Sweet Centre’s success is also down to the dedicated staff who have been loyal to the business for many years. Mr Mohammed Habib has been working with Sweet Centre for over 30 years and received a pleasant surprise at the party as Mr Habib presented him with a return flight ticket to Mecca to perform the Umrah (a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year).

Bradford is very fortunate and proud to have Sweet Centre in the heart of its city. With the new branch in Halifax going from strength to strength with a more diverse menu, Sweet Centre can act as a great ambassador for the city across the country. Who knows, one day Mr Malik’s dream may come true when Sweet Centre lands in his city!