Between 1971 and 1982 Jackie spent much of her working time in a converted stable block beside the diagonal bridge at Hampstead Road locks. It became known as Camden Market, and is now in the top 10 tourist attractions of London. Jackie had helped the author, Caitlin Davies, find other early occupiers, and provided a photo or two, so we received an invitation to the book launch on 3rd June.
Caitlin spoke about her work turning plastic sweet-wrappers into badges, but best was Rob Inglis, who sang from his musical ‘Canal’. He is not young, and not fit, but can still sing, and the words were good too (about the navvies building the canal and the range of goods coming in from the London docks, and leaving from the Midlands industrial area.
The venue was the bar café above the workshop space Jackie used to occupy. And it was a full event. They even fed us and provided one glass of wine (ours were full half pint glasses). Jackie met up with studio sharers Susi and Beverley.
I should mention that we visited the Euston Tap (Ilkley Brewery ‘Joshua Jane’ 3.7%, Tapped Brew Co ‘Ale’ also 3.7% and Sunny Republic ‘Shark Head Friesian Pilsner’ 5% with Citra and Pacific Jade hops), later we found the Spread Eagle near Camden Tube, and tried Young’s Special and a spicy beer called Kohinoor from the Windsor and Eton Brewery. It wasn’t all culture.