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Poplar Memories is a vivid impression of Cockney London before and during the Second World War, set in a teeming, rundown docklands neighbourhood famous for being, well, one end of the Blackwall Tunnel. John Hector's spellbinding account of his early life in the 1920s and '30s conjures up a vanished era when simplicity and happiness went hand-in-hand. Halcyon days of `talking pictures' and pavement buskers, Saturday night knees-ups round the piano, eel and pie stalls, chimneysweeps, `boxers', Clarnico's toffees and Lloyd Loom furniture, and a little shop called Woolworth's selling `nothing over sixpence' - unless it's a shilling. All this was to disappear forever in the horrors of the Blitz. The author was disabled by infantile paralysis - yet he became School Captain and embarked on a successful career at 14, surviving extreme poverty, panel doctors, dockers' riots and Hitler's Luftwaffe with an unshakeable belief in the ordinary people of Poplar.
|Publication date:||10th August 2010|
|Publisher:||The History Press Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Local history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Biography: general,|
John Hector was and Eastender born and bred. He lived through the blitz, the poverty, and the hardship of the 1930s and '40s and recalls it here, warts-and-all, in his memoir.More About John Hector