Calling all Tate & Lyle’s Sugar Girls to Canning Town exhibition

PUBLISHED: 15:55 25 March 2012 | UPDATED: 09:48 27 March 2012

Sugar girls choose the latest records to sing along to at work (1950s).

Sugar girls choose the latest records to sing along to at work (1950s).


An exhibition launches this week to celebrate the women who worked at the Tate and Lyle sugar refineries in Plaistow and Silvertown for new book “The Sugar Girls”.

Run by Newham Arts Development Foundation, women from the 40s, 50s, and 60s are invited to reminisce with free refreshments, a “Sugar Girls” fairy cake, and there is an opportunity to find old friends by looking them up on the Memory Board.

“The Sugar Girls”, by Nuala Calvi and Duncan Barrett, is based on interviews with over 50 former workers.

The “Sugar Girls” book launch and exhibition opening takes place from 11am to 1pm on March 28 and a second event to celebrate the exhibition will also be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on April 5 at The Hub, Star Lane, Canning Town.

Once opened, the exhibition will remain open every day to the public for free.

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