The Weekender asked the people of Greenwich what they thought about Greenwich’s bid to become London Borough of Culture, writes Katherine Johnston…
Tika Rana, 46, from Nepal, runs the Namaste Nepalese food stall at Woolwich Market with her brother, Ram Khada.
“Yes Greenwich should win as there’s lots of good variety of things to do in the area – though we’re the only Nepalese food stall!”
Kush Tamang, 21, studying event management at Greenwich University
“Yes because Greenwich already has so much diversity. People from over 100 countries come to the university. The market sells loads of different types of food and places like Woolwich
have their own community and cultures too.
The location, the history and Greenwich Park make it a winner, but it may have competition from east London.”
Veronica Svab, 39, works at Woolwich Market on Ronny’s Natural Foods stall from Monday – Saturday. She lives in Sydenham:
“Yes Greenwich should win as it’s a good place where lots of people live together in a diverse community. Greenwich Park is beautiful and there is a lot of choice for bars and restaurants nearby. There are spaces here where you can have all sorts of days out.”
Graham Davis, 57, owns Casbah Records on Creek Road and lives in Abbey Wood.
“Absolutely, without a doubt. Out of the boroughs in south London, Greenwich has the most going on. Greenwich also scores because you’ve got an unusual shopping experience, the olde worlde vibe. Greenwich has lots of antique shops and over the years has grown a slightly different type of retail. You can’t compare it to other areas nearby. And there’s always something going on in the covered market.”
Andrea Phillips, 29, is Creative Consultant at Casbah records and musician and visual artist
“Yes! The music college is open to the public. Walking around and hearing flutes and violins is a mystical, whimsical and liminal experience. Not many people know that some of the park was designed by the landscape architect who also created the gardens at Versailles. It has one of the best views in the city.”
Iris Dove, 72, from Charlton, volunteers at St. Alfege Church in Greenwich.
“Yes Greenwich should win as there are such a lot of different layers to its history, and contemporary things that need money and promotion. Black history and the history of suffragettes in the area need to be heard more. The heritage centre in Woolwich could benefit from support and resources.”
Carolyn Long, 55 from Greenwich, is a retired science teacher and has set up her own stall called Jayneevelyn Designs with her sister, Jayne Amoah, who lives in Tower Hamlets.
Carolyn: “Even if I wasn’t a resident I’d say Greenwich, as we have the edge. We need the award to go towards somewhere that depicts multicultural London, and see funds go towards community cohesion.”
Jayne: “Greenwich has a good chance as there are lots of museums, theatre and heritage. But I think Tower Hamlets has more hidden treasures that aren’t as well known. They need to look for a borough that could grow.”
Carla Buhagiar, 20, studying advertising at Greenwich University
“Of course! It’s such a nice place and Greenwich market and the Christmas markets are really underrated. The comedy club Up The Creek is amazing, too.”
The council is asking people to share their support on Twitter by taking a photo of a ‘hidden gem’ in the borough and using the hashtag #greenwichmeans