Bruce Pope, docker and poet

Interview

Bruce Pope, a former docker, now spends his time writing poetry and indulging in his hobby of eel fishing. In these clips, Bruce talks about his working life and the changes he has seen in Wapping. He also discusses and recites his poem, To All Cockneys Leaving.

Interviewers: Rufus Moore and Alan Ball.

How dockers became taxi drivers
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To All Cockneys Leaving
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Drinking and dancing
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Gentrification of Wapping
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Early working life and the docks
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Hop picking in Kent after the war
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Earliest memories of Wapping
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Wartime memories
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How dockers were paid
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A timeline of Wapping history