chapter  6
19 Pages

Eels and Eastenders

WithAlex Rhys-Taylor

The change in the road layout drastically impacted on the viability of the seafood stand, relying so much as it did, on passing taxi drivers. So too did the decision of Tubby Isaac’s nearby wholesaler to start selling retail portions of jellied eels to passing taxi drivers. Likewise, the shove and drift of old Eastenders toward the extremities of the Thames estuary had, for decades, eaten away at the city-based business’ established customer base. A plausible myth has it that the tethering of local identity and culture to jellied eels, pivots around the ‘Great Fire’ that swept from the city’s port through the entire city in September of 1666. A plausible myth has it that the tethering of local identity and culture to jellied eels, pivots around the ‘Great Fire’ that swept from the city’s port through the entire city in September of 1666.