Saj Mahal: Meeting the man behind the hit TV show promoting community cohesion and celebrating Lancashire

The first memories Sajad Ajmal Butt has of the United Kingdom are tinged with an unshakable negativity. Having arrived on these shores from his native Pakistan in 1969 as a 10-year-old with his family, he remembers the ‘open racism’ to which immigrants were cruelly subjected. “In those days, it was tough,” he says. “The kind of treatment we were given was disgusting.


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