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Bachan Singh Burman

Bachan Singh Burman and his wife Kamali Vati. They married in 1947 when Kamal was 16 years old.

Bachan Singh Burman

Bachan Singh Burman was born in 1922 in Panstha, a village in the Kapurthala district of the Panjab. In the late 1940s he met Mr Hicken who was working at the Dunlop rubber factory in Calcutta.

Bachan left his wife and family and came to England in 1954. He sold ties door to door before Mr Hicken got him a job at the Dunlop factory in Speke. He stayed with Harbans Singh Rangila who he had met at the Seamen's Club.

Bachan was a gifted magician and entertainer. He was one of the finalists in the factory variety show and from there took his act around Liverpool. He found lodgings in Mulgrave Street and sent for his wife and children in 1956. Shortly after their arrival the family moved to Bootle.

Bachan left Dunlop and started selling ice cream around the streets of Bootle, Litherland and Crosby. The family moved to Formby in 1969 and by the 1970s the ice cream business had expanded.

He was a respected member of the local Indian community and helped many young men who came to settle in Liverpool. Kamai died in 1995 followed by Bachan, after a short term illness, in 2002.

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