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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
David Essex grew up here
This is where David Essex lived as a child.
Location: 45 Avondale Court, Canning Town
Description: When I was five, we moved to 45 Avondale Court, a two-bedroom flat on a council estate in Canning Town, in the East End of London. My dad had had TB, but was better and back working down the dock; my mum played piano in the local pub. They were happy times.
There were derelict buildings and bomb craters to play in. We were always fighting Germans with bits of stick, and at the end of the street, thered often be an ocean-going liner four times bigger than the houses. There were Chinamen and Indians from the docks, and street markets on waste ground. It was an extremely colourful place, in a world of yellow smog.
I cant really remember the decor in the flat. I think there was wallpaper with bamboo and leaves, and we had a cocktail cabinet and a big radiogram. We also had a balcony that overlooked power-station chimneys and a bit of grass. I was mad for football. Frank Lampard Sr lived opposite and we played for West Ham juniors.
Tagged in this Tour: 80's Music Legends Tour