Friday, 3 September 2010

Double Bill

Roger’s along the towpath again:

“Just round the corner from the traffic at Islington’s Upper Street traffic lights is a different world. Islington’s colourful Angel Canal Festival has a character all its own, with jazz bands and entertainments and trip boats and canoeing demonstrations, and lots of stalls!

Our Walk continues past the site of Gainsborough Studios, which was home to a substantial chunk of British film history. The founder of Gainsborogh, Michael Balcon, encouraged the young Alfred Hirchcock.

Then on to a beautiful tree-lined mile, which also takes in one of London’s largest parks. Sailing barges still cruise gracefully along the Thames; some were once built here, on the canal. And there’s the legend of a ghost!”

The Regent’s Canal - Islington to Mile End Walk meets at Angel tube station this Sunday (5th September) at 2.30 p.m.

Thanks Roger. Now over to Richard IV

“Hitchock crops up in all three of our London Walks Film Specials. So much so that he has his own bunberry all to himself – Hitchcock’s London this Sunday 5th September meeting at Holborn Station at 11.00a.m. Two weeks after that, on the 19th September, we can follow in his very footsteps with the London on Film Walk, tracing the route of the famous day he spent giving the great Ingrid Bergman a guided tour of The City. The event was famously captured by the Picture Post (below)."

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