Turning attention to a day steeped in history

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

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As a child you no doubt chanted, said or danced the rhyme “London Bridge is falling down”.

It is based on one of the most famous London landmarks.

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

And equally as famous to some of us, the Berlin Wall.

From 1961, the wall divided East and West Berlin for 28 years until the night of November 9, 1989, when free passage between the two was allowed and the wall subsequently torn down.

My first picture (above) is a reminder of this iconic historical event, 27 years to the day.

So what is the reason for my second picture? (above right)

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

The night Berlin Wall Fell in 1989, the gramophone and a nostalgic shot of Churchtown

The first gramophone for playing discs as opposed to wax cylinders was patented on this day in 1887 in America by the German born inventor Emile Berliner.

Today of course we simply turn to our iPhones or tablets to play a tune

On this day in 1947, just over a year after the end of the Second World War, the first ever telerecording of the Remembrance Sunday service in London was made and transmitted that evening.

Do you also remember that it was on this day in 1960 that John F Kennedy won the election to become the youngest ever president of the USA?

Now to my third picture (right) which is of a shop in the centre of Churchtown.

Did you ever get a packet of Polo mints from such a shop?

It seems we owe them to the fact that they were American in origin, made under licence by Rowntrees in the UK for American GI’s here during the war and called “lifesavers”.

After VE day, Rowntrees made them for the British market under the name of “Pax” then “Polo Digestive Mints,” then simply “Polo”.