A coal barge passing under Bonner Bridge on Regents Canal, 1907

Along the towpath: 200 years of life on Regent’s Canal

Regent’s Canal is an ever-present part of our lives. We jog beside it, we walk over it to get to Bethnal Green. We live in flats overlooking it and perhaps even live on it. But over its 200-year existence, the canal has also quietly helped shape the very area we live in, from its past lives first as the ‘M25’ of in the Industrial Revolution, to its last hurrah in the war efforts.

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Artist Peter Liversidge, who put up his signs with the help of his son.

‘Thank you NHS’: the local artist whose sign paintings on Roman Road went viral

‘I just wanted to thank people,’ says Liversidge. ‘ All the key workers are just doing their everyday jobs, that they do in their normal life. But at same time they are taking these huge risks to their lives by doing just that.’

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East London Community Band provides relief for those affected most by Covid-19

Rohan is eleven years old and plays the clarinet. ‘I like that there’s different age groups, and we all play together, and hang out afterwards. I miss my friends, and I can’t wait to see them in real life when all this is over. But I’m glad we haven’t stopped our lessons, and we’re still seeing each other.’

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