Not being a born and bred Londoner, the image of the Cockney has always been a bit a mystery to me. Many people who live outside London used to believe that all Londoners were Cockneys, so when Londoners start mentioning Bow Bells it gets even more confusing.
Dick Van Dyke (Not a real Cockney)
Did the Isle of Dogs folk see themselves as Cockney ? Well we could all soon be enlightened by going along to the Cockney Heritage Festival in July. In a comprehensive series of talks , walks , Film screenings, Exhibitions and various other events we can discover the diversity and history of Cockney Life.
Some of the highlights include a Danny Boyle curated showing of the classic film The Long Good Friday, talks by authors including Melanie McGrath and Jean Fullerton, an exhibition about the Isle of Dogs by the Island History Trust and of course various Pie and Mash tastings and Knees up.
I will be reporting back on some the events but if you live in London or are visiting in July why not come along, for a full list of events press here