Tommy Flowers pub opens
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Tommy Flowers, creator of Colossus, has been honoured by the naming of a pub in Poplar, in the East End of London, an area in which he once lived.
Hear the reaction of Tommy Flowers' son and two Colossus veterans at the opening:
The Tommy Flowers community pub is on the Aberfeldy housing estate, overlooked by the towering buildings of Canary Wharf to the south. Over the past thirty years, the traditional East End territory has been transformed by the spread of gleaming tower blocks.
An empty shop on the 1960s Aberfeldy estate has been turned into a community pub. And the pub displays some great artwork: from the mural by the renowned Jimmy C (of David Bowie mural fame) depicting Tommy Flowers on the side wall to the etched front window by Tom Chadwin showing in astonishing accuracy the Colossus ‘bedstead’ and many more gems within. The pub will also feature music -- there's a piano waiting for a sing-a-long. The pub is the brainchild of Garry Hunter.
The Tommy Flowers community pub is at 50 Aberfeldy Street, Aberfeldy Estate, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, E14 0NU. Check for opening times in advance: Thursday and Fridays from 5pm, Saturdays ad Sundays from 12 noon.