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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th May 1966 Actress Helena Bonham Carter born in Golders Green, London.
26th May 1951 Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress, premieres in London
26th May 1942 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London
26th May 1906 The current Vauxhall bridge was officially opened by the Prince of Wales.
26th May 1893 Born today: Eugene Goossens, London England, conductor/composer (Perseus)
26th May 1839 The first burial in newly-opened Highgate Cemetery.
God's Own Junkyard
The brightest spot in Walthamstow, electric neon everywhere!
Location: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall, E17 9HQ
Description: This is Chris Bracey's Walthamstow junkyard, he's been called the Neon Man for 37 years, creating iconic artpieces.
He's made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind some of the greatest stars. Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jack Nicholson in Batman are just a few that have appeared alongside the collection. When
the film is rapped neons are discarded like yesterdays newspapers, unwanted, unloved. Chris has collected these neon and bulb icons and salvages old neons and architectural advertising from the
streets before they disappear forever. Repaired and resurrected, coupled with quirky art and powered up to shine like jewels of light.
Last year it featured in TV legend Luther, and he had an installation in Selfridges.
Icons in their own right, Gods own junk yard where neon never dies.