The 30% of Bradfordians under 20 face a perfect storm of problems, from youth unemployment to racial tension. But many of them insist it’s not all doom and gloom
When it comes to grim urban statistics in Britain, the city of Bradford tops many lists. Police statistics name Bradford as having the highest crime rates in West Yorkshire, while a 2014 YouGov poll named it Britain’s “most dangerous city”. Bradford also has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment in the UK: 26% of young people were out of work in 2015, up from 11.3% in 2004.
What makes these statistics particularly troubling, however, is the one that ties them all together. More than 30% of the population here are currently under the age of 20, and the city has the highest number of under-16s in the country, giving Bradford the unusual title of being the UK’s youngest city.
Mitu Misra had never been on a film set before – so how did he persuade two A-listers to star in the British-Asian drama he wrote and directed?
‘You see that dormer window up there?” says Mitu Misra as we stand in an alley behind some shops in Bradford. “When I was a lad I used to climb out of that window late at night.” After he had climbed out of the second-floor window, little Mitu would shin down a drainpipe, jump on to a toilet roof and then hit the ground running to the nearby cinema.
“At school, I was beaten up regularly and called ‘Paki’. Growing up, most of my friends were Pakistani immigrants. We were all quite poor. Cinema, be it Bollywood or Hollywood, was my way out.”
A new exhibition looks at hairstyles though the decades
From backcombing and teasing to oiling and curling, the question of hair and what to do with it each morning remains a private puzzle, especially for the young.
Next month an exhibition that opens in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, before embarking on a national tour claims to be the first to examine the history of our hair obsession – a preoccupation at least the equal of fashion yet much less documented.