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« Reply #15 on: Friday, April 20, 2018, 15:52:17 »

  Most Goans work at GWH.  A Hindu temple opened in Cheney Manor recently to cater for the 10,000 strong Hindu population. There has been a strong Sikh presence in Swindon for years.  There are more Muslims, but most won't be Indian nationals.

Swindon has had an Indian community in Old Town for a long time.
In the 70's, I lived in the dover/prospect slopes and there were quite a lot of Indian families there.
 The original Sikh temple was on North street near the Castle pub.
We used to play cricket in the street and Commonweal school had a really good cricket side in those days!


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« Reply #16 on: Friday, April 20, 2018, 16:28:48 »

My late father was born near Calcutta as it used to be known. We moved from N. London to the Republic in 1963. We regularly met with other Indian and ‘sub continent’ nationals at the RBL when it was in Havelock St. as many like my old chap were ex armed forces personnel. We also used to socialise outside of the RBL of course. Over the years this early contingent of older generational Indians and Anglo Indians have passed away and the offspring moved on. Pressed Steel, BR and Swindon Corporation buses were major employers. Interestingly my old chap wouldn’t pass for what you’d recognise as being Indian on account of his quiet pale skin, dilute that with my old girl who was a Battersea babe in the day and we blend in amongst you all now! 😂 that said my brothers and I were racially abused and ostracised by a number of local kids and called pakis by them.
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« Reply #17 on: Friday, April 20, 2018, 23:22:33 »

Jawas on Manny rd.
Goans at TS tech. How things have changed.
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« Reply #18 on: Friday, April 20, 2018, 23:46:40 »

Jawas on Manny rd.
Goans at TS tech. How things have changed.
Luckily I was to young for my dad to get me to cycle from Walcot to the top of groundwell Road to what I understand to be the first and original Indian Restaurant in Swindon, I give you the ‘Taj Mahal’. My elder Brother had that privilege. I distinctly remember one order being bought back home with the words ‘this curry very hot’ penned on the white card lid! It was after all a Vindaloo. My old chap just shrugged his shoulders and got stuck in.
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« Reply #19 on: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 01:28:58 »

Luckily I was to young for my dad to get me to cycle from Walcot to the top of groundwell Road to what I understand to be the first and original Indian Restaurant in Swindon, I give you the ‘Taj Mahal’. My elder Brother had that privilege. I distinctly remember one order being bought back home with the words ‘this curry very hot’ penned on the white card lid! It was after all a Vindaloo. My old chap just shrugged his shoulders and got stuck in.

It may have been the Khyber.... opened 1962. A time when there were only 3 other eating out places in Swindon...
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« Reply #20 on: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:47:01 »

We have a lot of Goans working at RM in Dorcan as well.
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« Reply #21 on: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 13:30:17 »

It may have been the Khyber.... opened 1962. A time when there were only 3 other eating out places in Swindon...

Was one of the other plaices, Harry Lunns fish bar ?
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« Reply #22 on: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 21:28:45 »

We have a lot of Goans working at RM in Dorcan as well.

As do we at the Post office at Dorcan.
So much so that the late shift is near all Goans.
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« Reply #23 on: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 21:43:18 »

 Mark Payne is the only Indian player we've ever had...

 http://www.swindon-town-fc.co.uk/Person.asp?PersonID=PAYNEMAR
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