Tuesday, 7 September 2010
On 24th September to 26th the excellent London Transport Museum are conducting tours of Aldwych tube station, now disused and standing forlornly on the Strand, complete with actors in 40s garb to give Londoners a feel for what it was like for those who lived under the rain of terror. Nightly. I've just bagged a ticket for the 1930 Friday tour but there are tours every hour for the three days - book now here.
And what of us in the Bush? I'll always remember an elderly taxi driver telling me about the time when a V1 bomb landed on my part of the Bush and he and his father dragged out the injured, and sadly the dead. He'd heard it coming over Sawley Road W12, heard the engine stop, and then ... bang. The recently discovered colour footage of London during the bombing brings it all the more vividly to life, particularly the image of a red bus navigating its way through the shattered heart of the City.
It shaped the London and the Bush we live in today. And we should never, ever forget it.
Posted by Chris Underwood at 10:28