Wednesday, 28 October 2009
East Street, SE17
"Don't you ever wonder why people never hear you talking when they stand right next to you? Not just once. More than twice. In the market it will happen to you ..." I am delighted Miss Claudia nominated Nine Below Zero's East Street SE17 as it gives us an opportunity to return to the theme of one of London's oldest street markets. East Street runs between the Walworth Road and the Old Kent Road, and for generations it's been the place to go shopping and be seen. Confusingly it's known locally as The Lane. Charlie Chaplin was born here. Dennis Greaves gets it right when he sings: "See the people standing round who are gathered here today. It's all the generations. They come from miles around ..." London and its markets eh?