Somachar Revisited

somachar bangladeshi newspaper 1993

Somachar Issue1 Nov 1993

Somachar was a newspaper in Bengali from the Ethnic Information Service at Oldham Library in Oldham, Greater Manchester. The 1st Issue was published in November 1993 and issues continued for the following 2 years. This may qualify as the first Bangaladeshi newspaper in the North-West and beat the Sylhet Times to print by 15 years.

We have been able to obtain a copy of their first issue and the front cover is displayed here. Many of the faces featured in that issue are still with us today and we are honoured to follow in their footsteps.

note: if you know of a newspaper before this please let us know the details and we’ll write it up.