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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London
23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)
23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)
23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.
Len Goodman's East End
Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman grew up here.
Location: Harold House, Bethnal Green
Description: Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, comes from an East End family that lived in a house (now demolished) on this site. The street was called Harold Street, and all that remains is the name of this block.
Len was born here in a 2 up 2 down with his parents and his maternal grandparents.
His father was an electrician and his grandfather Albert Eldridge was a costermonger - a street trader dealing in fruit and vegetables. Len was a real-life barrow boy and his stall was on Bethnal Green Road.
He got injured in his youth playing football and took up dancing during his recovery and found it a good place to meet girls.
He went on to become a ballroom champion and an illustrious dancing career. He runs a club in Dartford.
In a recent episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Len said Doors were never locked, it was lovely, it was a true community.