Bri­tain’s love of good cuppa in sharp fo­cus

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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.

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