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Baijnath Randev

Baijnath Randev with family and friends, 1950s.
Back row centre, Baijnath Randev.
Front left, Ethel with Angela.

Baijnath Randev

Baijnath Randev was born in 1918 in Talwan, in the Tehsill Phillaur District of Jalandhar. He was a student and came to Liverpool in 1936 to look for work.

He started as a pedlar and became a market trader. During the Second World War Baijnath worked in an ammunition factory in Ireland. In 1944 he met a nurse called Ethel Timan. They married and their daughter Angela was born in 1950. The family lived in Carlingford Street in Toxteth.

Baijnath was one of the first Indian settlers to start a grocery business. 'Indian Stores' opened in Granby Street in 1956 and the family ran the shop until he died in 1972. Baijnath was a leading figure in the Hindu community, a founder member of the Hindu Cultural Organisation in the late 1950s he also served as its President.

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