Reliance Arcade is a thoroughfare found in Brixton, South London, lined with small booths acting as shop fronts, where you can find keycutters & travel agents to barbers & wig shops; these are some of the faces to be found there.
One of the individuals was Jay, a 74 year old man working as a cobbler & keycutter in Reliance Arcade:
Where were you born?
Kisumu, Kenya, in 1941. I came to the UK via India a few decades later.
How long have you worked in Reliance Arcade?
The last 10 years or so, having moved to the Lambeth area twenty years ago. Before that I had a store on the Old Kent Road.
What piece of advice would you give to the younger generation?
Take care, listen to your parents & life will be okay!
What’s your favourite song or type of music?
I don’t follow music, or have a favourite song per say, but I listen to religious chants and mantras. I’m Hindu, but also every religion… God is One, we are One.