How I remember those East End beanos down to the seaside

Dear Ed, I REMEMBER growing up in the East End of London with fond memories of the beanos we used to have in the early 1950s. My mum went regularly on these days outings to the seaside with my aunt Rose

Dear Ed,

I REMEMBER growing up in the East End of London with fond memories of the beanos we used to have in the early 1950s. My mum went regularly on these days outings to the seaside with my aunt Rose.

The picture shows them getting ready to board a hired coach about 1950. That’s my mum kneeling in the second row.

I grew up in a house at Gaselee Street in Blackwall, which she lived in till it was pulled down in slum clearance of 1970. I worked as a wages clerk at the old Three Nuns hotel at Aldgate before they pulled that down, too!


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Then I worked at Tate & Lyle’s factory in Silvertown when I had my daughter in 1969. I had already moved out from Blackwall in 1963 when I got married and lived in Canning Town, then Dagenham, wherever we could rent a place, before we moved out to Suffolk.

Carol Barclay (Mrs)

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