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Shishbo • 10 years ago

I remember the days when the porters carried the fish baskets on their head, of coarse that was in the old Fish Street in Billingsgate down by the docks. Has any one a Picture Please to remind me of the good old days.
I am so sorry to hear that they have stopped portering.
Did you know that the role of Billingsgate Fish Porters dates back to Henry the 8th and was officially recognized by the Corporation of London in 1632.


oliverlouis • 11 years ago

My husband, Bas, is a Billingsgate Fish Porter.  Took my youngest Saturday 28 April 2012 to the Billingsgate Fish Market so he could see where he dad works.  The atmosphere was incredible,  tradition mixed with complete sadness of a working life being demolished.   Took photos of my lovely husband and his fellow colleagues to show my sons what a wonderful market it was.  

fishtaker55 • 11 years ago

good on yer girl,nice to meet you,massive loss but,ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE !!!!!!!!!! x

peter taylor • 11 years ago

bobby taylors dad so proud of you fellas its the road towigan pier

fishtaker55 • 11 years ago

thanks pete aint met you yet but would love to xlove your boylove george orwell too,thanks peter xx

Bt • 11 years ago

 bobby taylor...fish porter 20 years.thanx to claudia for such lovely memories of such good friends.......
take care.....good words schoee. x.x

fishtaker55 • 11 years ago

thanx bob take care kid see you soon for some juice..... x

fishtaker55 • 11 years ago

im johnny schofield,a billingsgate fish porter of 30 years,saturday 28th april 2012 will be a very very sad day in
my lifetime.i feel like my legs have been chopped off,my heart is ready to explode !!!.how can people hate fellow
human beings so badly to strip them of their dignity without a second glance.thank you to all the people who liked this link and thank you claudia for making it public,thanks darling xxx

Jamie Furlong • 11 years ago

What a fantastic montage of audio and photos. The essence of the place captured so well, and that last photo - wow! The fading memory of the old fish handlers with the shadow of Canary Wharf, lurking over his shoulder. Brilliant stuff, well done Claudia.

beanet • 11 years ago

the heart and soul of london is being ripped apart all for pure greed shame on all who made this happen

Julie Wootton • 11 years ago

Such a shame, Change is good but not always for the best. :(