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The George: now hear it from a real East Ender

PUBLISHED: 18:33 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, IT IS NOW time people heard from a real East Ender. My family have lived within a stone s throw of the George Tavern in Stepney and our ties to this area go back to the early 1800s. Family members were regulars at The George, I dare say longer than pub landlady Pauline Forster knew it existed

Dear Editor,

IT IS NOW time people heard from a real East Ender. My family have lived within a stone's throw of the George Tavern in Stepney and our ties to this area go back to the early 1800s.

Family members were regulars at The George, I dare say long before the publican Pauline Forster knew it existed (Advertiser Letters, February 28).

I cannot vouch for Oliver Cromwell or Charlie Chaplin. I shall have to look into that one.

The George license isn't really under threat. Would someone really take accommodation in the middle of an airfield and then complain about aircraft noise?

The tavern is a landmark in Stepney and no-one wants it to be anything else than a pub.

Stepney's nightclub next door is the real issue here.

I have read some tripe in my time. But the Advertiser's supposedly impartial coverage of the nightclub and the tavern over the last few weeks has become farcical.

Pauline Forster has had, to my knowledge, two chances to buy the nightclub, but did not.

I cannot believe she was not aware the nightclub would be sold off. What did she think was going to happen?

As for the comments in Trial by Jeory that Swan Housing is hard hitting and threatening, they have done everything to accommodate Pauline Forster in their plans for the site to reassure her The George won't be affected.

Maybe new customers will come from the proposed block of flats being built.

The Exmouth estate is the place that counts in all this. It will benefit greatly when the old Stepney's nightclub is demolished and the regeneration along Commercial Road begins, giving the estate the security it badly needs and more affordable homes in the area.

Demolishing the old nightclub is just a step to the improvements. I along with most residents support plans to redevelop the site.

It would bode better for MP George Galloway and Tower Hamlets Respect councillor Olui Rahman to remember who they were elected by and support what most of them want.

Celebrities cannot vote them into this area. It will be us residents at the ballot box at the next election!

Ellen Ferris

Musbury-street, Stepney

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See also Pauline Forster's letter

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