|The house here in the foreground was their first ever settlement in Haslingden which was on Lower Lane just below Hud Rake (another photo added below)|
|The end building on the right was the|
first "Mosque" and called the
A lovely snippet sent through from Ilyas Khan to our Facebook Haslingden Old and New Page on 1st December 2015
Dear Bryan, Thank you for a typically thoughtful and thought provoking blog post. This was especially moving for me, for many many reasons. I have spent a lot of time (and many nights) in both the first two houses in that wonderfully evocative photograph. The first house was bought by a close family friend Umar Gul. He and his wife lived there from the mid 1960's through to about 1972 or 1973 when they moved initially to Rawtenstall and then to Store Street. They were very very close friends, more or less family, and the widow of Mr. Gul still lives in Store Street, and all her children are grown up and have done incredibly well. The second house along was bought by my maternal uncle, Amin Bhatti, who lived there with his young family for a comparatively short time from about 1971 to about 1974 when they moved to Lancaster. I spent more nights than I can recall in that house. I have a great many memories of many of the early settlers. My own grandparents were amongst the earliest, having arrived in the early 1930's. I could go on and on, but wish to thank you for this wonderful gift of the blog and the private website. The little boy who ran up the road from Hartley Street to his uncle is now in his 50's and I still make sure I come up to Hassy whenever I am back in Lancashire. I attach a very recent photo of myself for those of you on this site who might remember an earlier and younger incarnation smile emoticon.