Thursday 4 January 2007 10.10am
Sorry Jan but St. Mary Le Bow church (home of Bow bells) in Cheapside wasn't bombed or demolished. It's very much alive and ringing, see http://www.stmarylebow.co.uk/?Bow_Bells
Also, my daughter's best friend from Primary school is a true cockney. She was born at home (Wilkes St, E1) whilst Bow bells were chiming. She and her twin are just about to turn 18 (and no, they're not ethnic!). So, given that the Spitalfields area is now so sought after by the middle-classes, and is within the sound of Bow bells, there are many more "Cockneys" but not quite as in the original meaning of the term.