“Back in 1965 when the war is in in Pakistan, India, my father had decided to move because my father had a British passport.”
Iqbal’s family arrived to the UK in 1966.
He started working in the mills in Bolton at sixteen and became a qualified weaver. After work in several mills he moved to Swan Lane Mill and through a combination of hard work and a strong interest in mechanics, rose from blowing room mechanic, to assistant supervisor and eventually night shift production manager for the whole of Swan Lane Mill.
His detailed knowledge of textile trade processes that are already unknown to current generations is fascinating to listen to.
He also shares revealing insights into social life at the time, with reminiscences of trips of the Palais as a young Muslim boy and social attitudes towards going to the pub and mixed race relationships.