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Foggy nights, burnt out cars and marshland: Billy Bragg's ode to Essex

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

It had the biggest fishing fleet in the country, the largest gasworks in the world - and wastelands full of things to smash. The singer revisits the landscape his childhood It was a strange feeling to lie abed on foggy nights in my childhood and hear ships' horns echoing through the empty streets, the mournful sound carrying through the cold, still air. Living in an east London suburb, I was used to falling asleep to the sound of traffic and trains, but boats? Their voices in the mist were a ghostly reminder of a time when our town was home to the biggest fishing fleet in England. I...
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