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Asian Pub Landlord

Mr Dhanjal from Wolverhampton: custodian of one of the most vital positions in any community.

News 1968 2 mins

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Hans Raj Dhanjal from Wolverhampton is the first Asian pub landlord in the Midlands and, like all landlords, he's not just there to pull pints but to be a friendly ear and solve his customers' problems. As reporter John Meredith finds out in this 1968 news item it's not race relations that are foremost in his mind but the complexities of the Black Country dialect as practiced by the regulars of the Heart of Oak.

The Heart of Oak pub on Newhampton Road West in Wolverhampton closed in the 1980s and later became a branch of the Samaritans.