Sunday, 6 April 2008

APPARENTLY MUHAMMAD ALI WAS MARRIED IN SOUTH SHIELDS: DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT ON EARTH THE CRAIC WAS WITH THIS?

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The Greatest:



South Shields Metro station:

8 comments:

Grace said...

Apparently it's because, at the time, South Shields was host to the only purpose-built mosque in the UK.

So there you go..

Grace x

PS. When you went to the debate on Terrorism and Literature, was there a lecturer called Alex Houen there?

Alex Niven said...

Right cheers Grace, that sheds a bit of light on things. No there wasn't anyone called Alex Houen at the talk - who is he?

prozac said...

I was living in South Shields at the time of Ali's visit. The atmosphere in the town was exciting. I had a shop awning vantage point when he came down the main street in an open-topped double-decker bus, part of a welcoming parade, and he was only a couple of meters away. One of those rare moments in one's life.

Anonymous said...

In 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, Muhammad Ali and his new wife Veronica, attended the South Shields Mosque with their baby daughter Hana, to have their wedding blessed by the Imam.

The Yemeni community in South Shields is one of the oldest Arab and Muslim communities in the UK, .... Hope this helps, also above pic is of Tyne dock Metro

Anonymous said...

i know all about this - This indian guy in my street his father organized the whole thing - he as a copy of this wedding invitation signed by Ali and his wife and possibly photos.
How do i know this? because hes asked me if i can sell it for him and i've just started to do some research before i take it on.
aandrew@hotmail.co.uk

Anonymous said...

I have a photo of the event

Unknown said...

your all talking nonsense, he came to Shields to have his marriage blessed in the first mosque in UK.

Unknown said...

andrew@gotmail, it was not arranged by any one person but by the South Shields Chamber of Commerce. A friend who was on the board of the CoC at the time told me this back then. Your Indian neighbour was probably also a member.