Britain’s love of good cuppa in sharp focus
A NEW art exhibition which shares the story of how the nation’s love for a cup of tea has helped shape our towns and cities opens this week.
River Of Tea – From Bengal To Britain is an exhibition of photographs by Tim Smith and will be showcased at Gallery Oldham from tomorrow.
Tim has worked with the Bangladeshi community in Oldham and other British towns to explore the story of how the tea trade built early links between this country, India and Bangladesh.
Tim, a photographer from Bradford with 35 years’ experience, said: “Drinking tea is such an important part of British, Indian and Bangladeshi culture, yet the story of how tea arrived in Britain and the people it brought with it is rarely told.
“It was a real privilege for me to be able to retrace this journey. “
Coun Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives, said: “We all love a cup of tea but most of us probably never stop to think about where it comes from and what impact it has had on our country.”
River of Tea opens tomorrow and runs until January 6.