University honours Lord Noon with bust


UNVEILING: Guests
attend the ceremony
in tribute of Lord Noon
UNVEILING: Guests attend the ceremony in tribute of Lord Noon

A BRONZE bust of the late Lord Noon, the former chancellor of the University of East London (UEL), was formally unveiled at UEL’s University Square Stratford building on June 19, writes Keerthi Mohan. The official unveiling was done by his daughter, Zeenat, and the current chan­cellor of UEL, Shabir Randeree. Baroness Scotland, the secretary gen­eral of the Commonwealth, and East Ham MP Stephen Timms, were among the guests at the ceremony. The event also saw the inauguration of Wall of Noon, a series of framed prints charting Lord Noon’s humble begin­nings in India to his growth as a success­ful entrepreneur, philanthropist and peer of the realm in the UK. Zeenat, who is Trustee of the Noon Memorial Legacy Trust, said: “This is a very emotional, wonderful occasion for me and my family. know my father would be smiling right now. “He was so proud to be chancellor of the UEL. He passionately shared the University’s values of equality, justice and social mobility, especially with such a diverse body of students, and he loved working with young people and interact­ing with them. “The bust and the story of his life will help students understand his journey, what he went through and what he did for the University – and hopefully they will take something from that.” Lord Noon, popularly known as Brit­ain’s ‘Curry King’, was appointed chan­cellor of UEL in 2013, just two years be­fore his death. Lord Noon is largely credited for mak­ing his range of ready-made food into a staple of the British diet, and was ap­pointed an MBE for his services to the food industry in 1994. He was knighted in 2002, and in 2011 was made a life peer with the formal title of Baron Noon of St John’s Wood.

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