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No one would speak to us, we couldn’t find anywhere to live because no one would rent to a black man, and we had no money.Now it’s very hard to comprehend the prejudice we encountered, but you have to remember that there were hardly any black people in Britain in the Forties.But, even now, it still shocks me how much, often unspoken, racism remains in Britain.When our daughter Toni was just a baby and I was pushing her through the park in her buggy, an elderly man, whom I knew by sight, came over.Primrose, 32, is married to Jaz, 27, and the couple, both civil servants, live in Windsor.Primrose, a black Zimbabwean brought up in the UK, is expecting their first child. PRIMROSE SAYS: When I was 12 my parents sent me to the UK to live with my sister, who is much older than me.
A lot of Bengali men came to London to find jobs, like Shafique, and many moved to Brick Lane, which has since become a strong Bangladeshi community.
He said he got the impression that if he made any unexpected move they would have shot him.
That sort of thing just wasn’t something I’d ever encountered before.
Mary, 81, is married to Jake, 86, and lives in Solihull in the West Midlands. Mary is a former deputy head teacher, and Jake worked for the post office before retiring.
Mary is white and Jake is black, originally from Trinidad.