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Thread #132232 Message #2990139
Posted By: mayomick
20-Sep-10 - 05:16 AM
Thread Name: Hey ho! Cook and Rowe 50th today
Subject: Hey ho! Cook and Rowe 50 today
I've just seen on wsws that today is the 50th anniversary of the Cook and Rowe evictions from rented accommodations in London's St Pancras and Kentish Town districts. This is what Ewan MacColl who lived in the Kings Cross area at the time wrote his song Cook and Rowe about . I can't see Cook and Rowe -which was like a shanty if I remember rightly - in the database ; it would probably fair to say that the song wouldn't be all that singable today . Just thought I'd give it a mention in case anybody was there at the time or remembers as I do seeing the eviction battles on TV .
"On the evening of September 21 hundreds of tenants and police clashed outside of the working class district's town hall. Early the next morning contingents of about 400 police tried to remove two tenants barricaded in their apartments: Arthur Rowe, a 59-year old waiter in St. Pancras, and Don Cook, a 38 year-old former paratrooper in Kentish Town. In Rowe's apartment police smashed a 7 foot by 3 foot hole to remove him; Cook alerted his neighbors by launching fireworks, and residents flooded out to attack police."