Going Round the Banjo: the Dagenham Story Podcast

Join the author of the Dagenham Story series of novels Elaine Spires every fortnight as she and her guests discuss the history and the people of the village, the town, the London Borough, close to their hearts.


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  • Whatever Happened To The Rapiers (passcode 5wutyBS+)

    Release Date: 28th March 2024

    Steve Webb and Jack Benjamin, two members of Dagenham 60s group the Rapiers reminisce and talk about their lives since they found fame as young teens.

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  • Leaving Dagenham 1939 (Passcode: Y0*6WgXJ)

    Release Date: 16th March 2024

    Tony recalls his experiences of evacuation as a five-year-old.

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  • From Bookworm to Librarian (passcode: H=XZ$N4*)

    Release Date: 1st March 2024

    Lisa Roullier was the little girl who rushed to Valence Library to get her 10 books. Now she works for Library Services. Click below for Lisa’s lively interview.

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  • Street Names. (Passcode: %1.8$yBx)

    Release Date: 16th February 2024

    Local historian Bill Jennings talks about the fascinating roots of some of the town’s roads and streets.

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  • From Dagenham to the West End (passcode: *kd%8=1W)

    Release Date: 2nd February 2024

    Child actor Bill Preston talks about his 3 years in Oliver!

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  • My Boy From Dagenham (View code F4ZVuG.^ )

    Release Date: 19th January 2024

    From her home in Carboneras, Spain, Kathy Hill tells us about her husband Ron, her Boy From Dagenham

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  • Christmas at Valence House passcode: 00Qy^NsK

    Release Date: 22nd December 2023

    Outreach and Education Officer Mark Watson talks about Christmas at Valence House

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  • Episode 3 Talking Banjos. (passcode: upBi?A%9)

    Release Date: 8th December 2023

    Local historian extraordinaire Bill Jennings discusses that Dagenham phenomenon — the banjo.

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  • Episode 2 Mr Tony Spires (passcode aW+0*ESH)

    Release Date: 23rd November 2023

    Tony tells us about going to school, starting work and meeting his wife of 72 years in Dagenham

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  • This is Dagenham Calling!

    Release Date: 10th November 2023

    A new podcast series all about Dagenham and it’s fascinating history.

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Journal Entry:

November 2023

12 Sunday

It was with great, great sadness that I heard the news of the death of Anna Scher MBE earlier today. Anna has meant so much to so many people over the years and there are d...

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