To be a real Londoner you have to have been born within the sound of Bow Bells. This well–known piece of propaganda has become an accepted fact in the minds of those with no knowledge of the demography of Britain’s capital. There are two ‘tribes’ of Londoners; those born north of the Thames (the Bow Bells brigade), and those bred south of the mighty river. A (usually) friendly rivalry has existed between the ‘camps’ for many generations, and their ‘members’ are proud of the subtle differences that divide them. No history of World War Two would be complete without a chapter dedicated to the brave resistance and resilience of Londoners during the Blitz. The author was a schoolboy during this time, and in this series of recollections he describes South London, its people, their traditions, lifestyle, and of course their unique humour, during and just before the war. Peter Weston now lives in Australia, and is a broadcaster on Community Radio in Queensland.
Paperback – 48 pages