Aged 34 | Born 1981
About the Speaker
"I am 34 years of age and my place of birth was Bradford in West Yorkshire. I’m from Pakistani, Muslim background. I grew up in a small town called Shipley in Bradford. My dad used to work for Bradford Council, he’s now retired and my mum she works in a school."
This kit contains all the elements of a full Accent Kit
The Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England, in the foothills of the Pennines 8.6 miles (14 km) west of Leeds, and 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Wakefield. Bradford became a municipal borough in 1847, and received its charter as a city in 1897. Following local government reform in 1974, city status was bestowed upon the wider metropolitan borough.
Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the earliest industrialised settlements, rapidly becoming the “wool capital of the world”. The textile sector in Bradford fell into decline from the mid-20th century. Since this time, Bradford has emerged as a tourist destination, becoming the first UNESCO City of Film with attractions such as the National Media Museum, Bradford City Park, the Alhambra theatre and Cartwright Hall. However, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the rest of the post-industrial area of Northern England, including deindustrialisation, social unrest and economic deprivation.
At the 2011 UK census, Bradford had a population of 522,452. Bradford has the youngest, fastest growing population outside London.
The census showed that of Bradford’s total population, 67.44% was White, 26.83% Asian, 2.48% Mixed Race, 1.77% Black and 1.48% from other races.
22.1% of the population are British Asian (included in the 26.83% “Asian” figure above), the third-highest percentage of South Asians in a single settlement in England and Wales (behind the city of Leicester at 29.9% and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets). Nearly half of all Asians living in Yorkshire and the Humber live in Bradford, with the central wards of Bradford Moor, City, Little Horton, Manningham and Toller having large majority Asian populations.