30 years ago: Greenwich councillor’s Thames Barrier buffet bother

Clips from Thames News, the ITV news programme for London from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, are being uploaded to YouTube by Fremantle Media, which owns the former broadcaster’s archive.

The cataloguing’s touch and go, and as ever with news about the capital, south-east London material is very thin on the ground – there’s some limited footage of the aftermath of a 1988 shooting at an abattoir in Shooters Hill, or the announcement of plans to extend the East London Line in 1989, 21 years before it actually happened. This clip about the Met Police’s annual report ends in a very 1980s Blackheath Village.

But the two best clips actually relate to Charlton. Above is footage of the Queen opening the Thames Barrier in 1984.

And here’s long-serving Greenwich councillor Jim Gillman complaining about the price of tea and coffee in the Thames Barrier’s cafe in June 1985.

Here, Gillman – who stepped down as Kidbrooke with Hornfair councillor last year – is seen telling reporter Marc Wadsworth how he doesn’t want to see people ripped off. Wonder what he makes of the prices now? Enjoy.

2 thoughts on “30 years ago: Greenwich councillor’s Thames Barrier buffet bother

  1. runner500 February 11, 2015 / 15:44

    Thanks for posting about the Thames News stuff going onto YouTube – there is some fascinating stuff there

  2. Chris February 11, 2015 / 18:18

    Yes, thanks for the tip off re Fremantle.
    It’s also worth remembering that money spent on the barrier has been recouped many times over when you realise how many times it has had to be used in anger. A fantastic bit of engineering on our doorstep!

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