- Oct 27, 2016
Yes kings Cross was very rough and well known that the 'ladies of the night' used to frequent the fast food establishments so more than a takeaway was on offer it was awash with poverty and as you would agree those that lived in the area had hard luck stories many not from London but lured by thinking the streets were paved by gold.The amusement arcade was known for rent boys,homeless young men often runaways,awful.It was a dangerous place.@Making weight, I was very friendly with "Paddy" we were drinking mates nearly thirty years ago, I can assure you that he was"nt very religious in those days. Good looking guy with plenty of charm and no shortage of ladies , Aquascutum had it"s fair share of nice looking ladies. After I left Aqua we kept in touch but I moved to Devon 12 years ago, the guy who I knew in the stockroom was Everton another really nice guy. I enjoyed my time at Aqua. I have had some great jobs , Security manager at Aqua, Cumberland hotel, this had 1000bedrooms and probably as many prostitutes trying to get in. Private security to Arab families, and manager of a safe deposit in St Johns Wood. I am now heading in to my 79th year, and unfortunately this past few months my health as not been so great, but there are a lot more people worse off than me. We are expecting ourthird great grand child in January, our children still live in London, my son in Finchley and my daughter in Kings Cross. Where my daughter lives as been transformed, million pound houses are common.Fifty years ago the area was full of prostitutes, if you had any sense you stayed wellaway from that area at night. Regards Mervyn The Gee
When I think of Kings Cross I think of the terrible fire and also the Ralph McTell song which is as beautiful as sad,thankfully the area has been regenerated.