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Songs of Praise

on BBC One London

from Dagenham

The vast housing estates of Dagenham were built on marshland along the Essex side of the Thames in the early 1920s to house thousands of East End Londoners who were being encouraged to move away from crumbling tenements and depressing slum dwellings. One of the first people who came to live here, Joan Armstrong, tells Michael Armitage about her impressions as a child moving to a place that seemed like paradise. Tonight Christians from 27 local churches gather together in St Alban's Church to sing the favourite hymns chosen by Joan and other Dagenham residents.

Come let us join (Nativity); The king of love (St Columba); All my trials; God is working his purpose out; We rest on thee (Finlandia); Amazing grace; How sweet the name (St Peter ); Crown him with many crowns (Diademata)


Joan Armstrong
Michael Armitage
Tom Johnson
Stephen Nunn
Elizabeth Gort
Series Producer:
Jim Murray

BBC One London

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