My father, Mohammed Akram, who has died aged 68 of cancer, came to Britain from Pakistan in 1965 and began work in the manufacturing industry, initially as a machine operator at a brassworks.

Over the years he was employed on the production line by many companies in the Midlands, including the vehicle makers Leyland Daf on Drews Lane, Birmingham. In the Saltley area of the city he also worked for Metro Cammell, helping to make train carriages for London Underground.

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