The Royal Docks in film: The Sandwich Man

The Royal Docks in film: The Sandwich Man

The cast reads like a Who’s Who of 1960s British comedy, although it would be a little generous to describe The Sandwich Man as a cinematic classic. Most notably (to us anyway) the film opens with a sweeping aerial shot of Silvertown and the surrounding Royal Docks. The shot settles on a group of houses in Evelyn Road, now the location of the Britannia Village Hall. It was taken from a tower block called Dunlop Point, which was demolished in 1998 after its own tenants voted for it to be pulled down. The film starred Michael Bentine, alongside Dora Bryan, Norman Wisdom, Bernard Cribbins, Diana Dors, Harry H Corbett, and Terry Thomas. It also featured Warren Mitchell, Alfie Bass, John Le Mesurier and various other cornerstone figures of British comedy from the 60s and 70s . As with many British films of the time, the background scenes are arguably more interesting than the film itself. A detailed breakdown of the locations can be found at Reel Streets, including Hyde Park, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square. You can also see the film in its full glory, featuring a swinging soundtrack by former Manfred Mann member Mike Vickers, who conducted the orchestra for The Beatles 1967 live TV performance of All You Need Is...
Ferry Festival 2017 celebrations

Ferry Festival 2017 celebrations

The Ferry Festival, a much-loved event of the 1970s and 80s for the people of North Woolwich and Silvertown, has been revived with a series of celebrations throughout July, August and September. An International Food Festival at Royal Victoria Gardens takes place tomorrow (Saturday, July 22), while other events include a Children’s Festival (August 2, 11am, Royal Victoria Gardens) and Summer BBQ (August 12, 12pm, Pier Parade). The Ferry Festival Grand Finale takes place at Royal Victoria Gardens on September 23, with music, food and a fun run, among other attractions. For full details, please visit the Ferry Festival Facebook...
Landmark event marks launch of Royal Albert Dock redevelopment

Landmark event marks launch of Royal Albert Dock redevelopment

Construction has started on the £1.7 billion redevelopment of Royal Albert Dock into a European gateway for Asian business. Xu Weiping, CEO and global president of Chinese developer ABP, was joined at a launch event by Greg Hands, Minister of State for International Trade and Minister for London, as well as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming. The Royal Albert Dock development will bolster trade links with emerging markets and attract companies to set up their European headquarters in the capital, as well as UK businesses seeking to trade with them. The project’s developer ABP has secured Chinese state-owned construction firm CITIC as lead contractor. International Trade Minister and Minister for London, Greg Hands, said: “This is a historic moment for the Royal Albert Dock and a clear vote of confidence in the UK. As the top destination for inward investment in Europe, ABP’s £1.7 billion will help to bolster trade links with China and emerging markets, cementing London’s place as a world-class business destination. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This is an important milestone for this part of London as we move forward with the development of a whole new district of the city. This development is a clear sign of confidence and more evidence that London is open to investment from around the world.” The event was also attended by Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, and ABP London CEO, Nancy Xu. Sir Robin Wales said: “We’re delighted that ABP has seen the potential of this part of London and consider Newham the end of the modern Silk Road. Before long...
Forgotten Stories: The Ferry Festival

Forgotten Stories: The Ferry Festival

Local journalist and historian Colin Grainger recalls some of the many Forgotten Stories from Ferry Festival events of the past. It means so much to everyone, even though it is one of the most recent of our stories. It is the community’s way of showing that an incredible spirit exists in our special place. It’s our way of – politely – sticking two fingers up to anyone who dares to suggest the soul of our community is lost. The event really captured the joy of the ‘good old days’ on our manor. The first Ferry Festival took place in 1974. It saw everyone coming together to celebrate the unique nature of the ‘island’ community in North Woolwich and Silvertown. It was by the people and for the people. And like many good things, it came about over a few beers In the early 1970s the Royal Docks area was finding it hard. The closures of the docks and many local factories changed the community – and also relationships within families. There was resentment that national and local governments weren’t doing enough for our area. But against this backdrop, the fightback began…in the most unusual of ways.   Locals decided they needed a fillip for the community. The idea was mentioned of having a local festival. One member of the first group that got together was Fred Bowyer, who sadly died a few weeks ago aged 80. Speaking 14 years ago, Fred said he and a friend Mickey Rutter, had seen a short video from friends in Poplar who had staged a community event. It then got mentioned over drinks...
Wakeup Docklands summer activities

Wakeup Docklands summer activities

Wakeup Docklands, the urban watersports centre at the heart of London’s Royal Docks, has announced a series of summer activities, including a special Ladies Day and an Addicted Amateurs event. Events include: – July 29: The Skip Hiit SUP Social (9am-11am & 11am-1pm). Cost £30. Visit AK Fit Club for booking information. August 3: Red Paddle Co Ultimate Summer road trip. (12-8pm). Includes free SUP sessions, Lulu Lemon Meditation and test of the range Red Paddle Co boards. Visit the Red Paddle Co Facebook page for further information. August 13: Wake Up Docklands Ladies Day (10am-2pm). Cost £75. Includes professional coaching sessions from Maria Cuenca Nunez. August 26 & 27: Addicted Amateurs. Including Addicted Wake Team rider demos, Mini Open (13 years and under), Junior Open (14-17 years), Men’s and Women’s opens. BBQ and drinks. Visit Wakeup Docklands for further...
Yoga sessions on floating Good Hotel

Yoga sessions on floating Good Hotel

Good Hotel, the floating hotel in London’s Royal Victoria Dock, is offering the opportunity to take part in rooftop yoga classes with striking views over the iconic waterways of East London. There are three Good Yoga sessions a week throughout July and August. hosted by Rachel of Yoga Ray The rooftop session takes place every Saturday (10-11am). This Ashtanga vinyasa class is a fun-filled practice to suit all levels. The Good Morning sessions take place every Tuesday morning, from 7-8am, while the Good Night sessions are held every Wednesday evening, from 7-8pm. All sessions are open to hotel guests and staff (£10) as well as non-residents (£12). For further information and booking details visit Yoga Ray’s...