Welcome to Leyton

Hello. Welcome to Leyton. Did you come far today? Oh you thought you’d try and see what’s on the other side of Stratford. Oops, careful. Mind that on the floor. Must’ve been from a seagull. Oh yes! The seagulls come in all the time. No, not really. Well, they don’t go  to the River Lea. No, well, there’s a landfill behind Orient Football Ground. Oh yes you’ve heard of Orient. Yes, sometimes it’s spelt “Lea” and sometimes “Lee”. Yes, in Leyton we say “The Lea” spelt “e a”: Well the people who have lived here all their lives. Okay, this is now Leyton Village. Oh yes , very colourful. We like to say a “pallette of paint”. Well mostly private businesses, perhaps family-run. Wel, there is one English shop down the road still left. Oh! You’re from Derby. No there isn’t a bank. Oh there used to be a NatWest and that was a Barclays over there.  That’s Coronation Gardens. Look though and you’ll see the bandstand. We have some concerts there. Oh yes, the park is used all the time. Oops, careful, that’s glass! Well often the post box is still there but no real post office. Ooh, there used to be a postbox here as well. Wow, it’s gone!  What? Would you like me to take you back to the station? No problem. Well that way goes to Leytonstone; there’s a tube station there and trains back to London, St Paul’s etc. Yes, a W15 bus, very regular. That way takes you to Hackney. No it’s not that bad at all now.  Yes, the children are indeed on holiday but we don’t think they’ll be rioting this summer. Hope not anyway. Ok, safe journey and thank you.

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