Ordinarily, I prefer to spend as little time as possible in the presence of Tory politician talking, but this video tour of Brixton narrated by former PM John Major is actually rather interesting.
[John Major in Atlantic Road]
Filmed in 1992, the nine minute video sees Major talking about his memories of growing up in Brixton, and he revisits his former homes.
Major talks about the “tremendous vibrancy” and “innate friendliness,” of the area, and points out local landmarks as he walks and is driven around the area.
He takes a trip up Atlantic Road and talks to some traders (you may recognise a face or two in there) and then drives down Coldharbour Lane, pointing out the the Enterprise pub, commenting “it’s been there as long as I can recall. “
Sadly, the pub is no longer there as it closed in 2004 (see: The lost pubs of Coldharbour Lane, Brixton and Loughborough Junction).
Major also passes St Matthews Church where he married his wife Norma in 1970, but you’ll need to keep your mouse hovering over the fast forward control though, as inbetween the pieces of archive Brixton footage, Major serves up unpleasant lumps of Tory rhetoric.
Here’s the video: