Shoreditch Park Project

...we were playing truant from school at the time, four of us, and one of them turned round and said go on, put a match in the petrol tank...

I was born down here, sixty year ago

Josh: What's your name sir?

Brian.

J: Brian. So you've seen the area change a lot?

Brian: Cor, haven't much. I was [??], six days a week. My great uncle Edgar, he used to own most of the stalls down here at one time.

J: Really?

B: In the forties and fifties, I'm going back.

J: I was wondering, do you remember the prefab homes that used to be on Shoreditch,er, Park

B: Yeah, yeah, I remember them, yeah

J: What was, what were they like?

B: I had a couple of mates there, yeah some of them were quite nice

J: Do you use the park at all now?

B: Nah, not really. That was a ruin at one time. A mate of mine blew hisself over there, put a match in a petrol tank that had been dumped, a car that had been dumped, and he blew hisself up

J: Jesus

B: Heh

J: Wow

B: Badly burnt his hand was.

J: But he was alright in the end

B: He's ok now, yeah, thank god, but at the time, [??] he was just like badly scarred

J: Was that because it was just a wasteland up there, or

B: It was yeah, we were playing truant from school at the time, four of us, and one of them turned round and said go on, put a match in the petrol tank and see if there's any petrol. And [??] suddenly put his face right to it. It was the fumes and that. And the flame really roared out, you know, roared back and out, his head caught the full blast of it, he was running around screaming. We had to kick him over and get him into the hospital

J: Wow, jesus