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I think it was 1999, when they were trying to bring back Broadway Market and I came here.
It was dark and there was ivy growing over the pub and I thought, ‘I’m in England’. My hair stood on end. Before I came I’d imagined how England would be and I’d never found it until I came here. I thought that’s it. I put my name down to find retail premises and Broadway Market came up. I feel Hackney is the England I’d imagined. Coming here in 2000 was a bit grim.