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Grenfell Tower

It has now been one week since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell Tower (Image: Wikipedia)

This tragedy sent a double helix of utter heartache and seething anger spiralling though me; feelings which have yet to subside. I know I’m far from alone.

As I write, the current death-toll stands at 79.

Anyone however who has seen what remains of this now charred, towering tomb will have no doubt in suspecting that this number is sadly far higher.

As someone who grew up in London and who loves the city and its people, I’ve wanted to use my platform here to express my intense views on the disaster. But in short, I’ve been unable to find words.

Instead I would encourage you to watch this interview with Cristos, a gentleman who survived the blaze.

His account speak volumes.

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Time Out blog: Seven places in London linked to a Christmas Carol

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Please click here to read my latest Time Out blog: Seven places in London linked to a Christmas Carol.

Simpson's Tavern

Simpson’s Tavern

The Pride of Poplar Returns… London’s Latest Statue

On Friday 16th May 2014 London acquired its latest statue… a sculpture of Teddy Baldock, the East End lad who rose to fame in the 1920s by becoming Britain’s youngest ever boxing world champion- an accolade which remains to this day.

Teddy Baldock... London's latest public artwork.

Teddy Baldock… London’s latest public artwork.

As promised in an earlier post about Teddy’s life and career (please click here to read), here are some photographs from the unveiling…

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Teddy’s statue stands directly opposite Langdon Park Community Sports College which is situated beside Landgon Park DLR station.

Langdon Park DLR. Teddy's statue stands just to the right of this view.

Langdon Park DLR. Teddy’s statue stands just to the right of this view.

The weather on the day was glorious… and as 3pm approached, a large crowd gathered to witness the ceremony.

A crowd gather to see Teddy's statue unveiled.

A crowd gather to see Teddy’s statue unveiled.

Until the moment arrived, the statue (sculpted by Staffordshire based artist, Carl Payne) was draped in a golden shroud… which threatened to billow off with the wind on more than one occasion!

Before the unveiling...

Before the unveiling…

The statue was finally unveiled by Pam Baldock; Teddy’s daughter.

Pam Baldock unveils the statue of her father.

Pam Baldock unveils the statue of her father.

Although wee on first impressions, the statue of Teddy is in fact life-sized…he was a tough little fighter!

Teddy Baldock

Teddy Baldock

A plaque on the statue’s plinth informs the public of Teddy’s achievements.

Teddy's plaque

Teddy’s plaque

After the unveiling, a group of ex-boxers gathered beneath Teddy’s statue for a fun photo-shoot.

Former boxers gather in honour of Teddy Baldock.

Former boxers gather in honour of Teddy Baldock.

When he died in the early 1970s Teddy was a tragic figure; penniless, homeless and long-forgotten, his funeral poorly attended.

However, thanks to the wonderful campaigning carried out by his grandson, Martin, the legacy of one of the East End’s finest sons has been revived; the huge turnout for the unveiling  bearing testament to Teddy’s achievements.

As well as the statue, Teddy’s memory will now live on in the Teddy Baldock Sports Benevolent Fund; a charity which supports former sportspeople who have been disabled by physical or mental injury or are suffering from general hardship. Please click here for more information.

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Teddy Baldock, the ‘Pride of Poplar’. 1907-1971.