Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Return to Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium

Visited this place last summer and decided to go back to see the bits we missed due to (illegally) free roaming security dog.

It was quite an eventful return..............

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OK, a little bit of history........Click on the photos for full size......

Opened in 1933 by William Chandler. It had a larger attendance and income from gambling than any other dog racing track in the UK, and was at one time the largest track in the UK with capacity for over 5,000 spectators

It's popularity waned and in 2008 it closed

There has been a large campaign to bring it back to life including a 20,000 signature petition

Developers London & Quadrant (L&Q) took ownership of the iconic site, but have infuriated campaigners by failing to submit planning applications or accept offers to buy or lease the site.

Infact a £9m bid by businessman and greyhound enthusiast Bob Morton was rejected by the owners

Trivia Bit!!!

The front and back cover of the Blur album "Parklife" were shot at the stadium

My visit.............