Yorkshire’s latest tabloid, Urban Echo completes one year this month after completing twelve monthly publications.
They say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ and the last twelve months have been challenging but just as enjoyable for the Urban Echo team. Launched in September 2014, Urban Echo’s aim was to promote positivity and integration within the region and we believe we have kept to our word.
The brainchild of Bradford born Irfan Ajeeb, Urban Echo is now a familiar feature in the north of England with distribution in key cities such as Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Sheffield and Manchester. This would not be possible without the Urban Echo team consisting of Aroosa Munir, Imelda Kay, Nathan Clay, Naureen Hafeez, James Oddy, Qainaat Aftab, Nigel Gray, Bradford West MP Naz Shah, Janette Ward, Maryam Ansar, Nazir Tabbusam, Arooj Aftab, Saima Mir, Blacks Solicitors and Mark Burns Williamson.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our advertisers and supporters: R.J Solicitors, Pasha Shisha, Lahori Karahi, Berwick Solicitors, Bradford Live, Sweet Centre, Food 2 Go, The Curry Counter, Blacks Solicitors, Lil Brothers, Bradford Bazaar, Rio Grande, Mother Hubbards, Tyre Trax, Muslim Funeral Services, Janan Fashion, F1 Events, M&M Stone, Asian Elite, Zurich Safe Deposits, Laadli, Haze Entertainment, Excel Kitchens, Pakistan Catering, Kesser Jewellers, The Black Bull, One Stop Shop, Coffee and Crème, iImagine, Fresh Fillingz, Nuffield Health, Bradford Royal Infirmary and the Bradford Council.
Urban Echo’s senior reporter Qainaat Aftab says, “Happy Birthday to Urban Echo! It’s been a privilege to be part of the Urban Echo team from the first day and see it progress. Here are to many more birthdays! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”
Beauty columnist Sarah Taylor states, “I’m so proud to have been involved with Urban Echo throughout this first exciting year. It’s provided me with a platform to share my passion for make-up and beauty, opportunities to meet inspiring local people, and the chance to be a part of a collective positive voice for Bradford.”
Fashion and style columnist Arooj Aftab says, “Happy birthday to Urban Echo! A year has gone incredibly fast. I’m happy to be a part of such a wonderful paper, seeing it grow from strength to strength is amazing. Such a great experience to write for the paper and I can’t wait for what’s to come.”
Chief sports correspondent Aroosa Munir highlights, “As an Asian female from Bradford who has a passion for sport, in particular football, I have never been able to express my opinions and share my passion with people of similar interest. However, being able to write for Urban Echo has provided me with that platform. I have been able to fulfil my desires of giving my opinion on big sporting topics. Being able to write freely on any given topic of my interest has been enjoyable. I am thankful to Urban Echo for providing me with an opportunity to share my passion and opinions with the readers.”
Our arts and culture columnist Naureen Hafiz concludes by stating, “Being with Urban Echo has felt like being a part of something big from the very start. It has given me a chance to express myself, and it has made me look at the world differently. Urban Echo feels like family and here’s to many more years to come.”