Small Faces’ fans head for original 1965 Ruskin Arms gig in East Ham for Galaxy awards
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 December 2014
Hundreds of fans of the 1960s Small Faces band are coming to East London’s newly-reopened Ruskin Arms pub on Saturday night where the rock clock is being turned back to the Swinging Sixties.
Among the fans are actress Carol Harrison from TV’s EastEnders at the venue where the rock band had their first gig back in 1965.
Both Carol and ‘The Ruskin’ have won Galaxy Christmas Cracker awards which are being presented on the night.
Galaxy’s ‘star’ award goes to Carol for her Small Faces musical. She has written and produced ‘All or Nothing’ about the Small Faces’ music and lives which was premiered on the South Coast in September, the title taken from a chart-topping hit in the Sixties.
The pub is where Small Faces’ original keyboard player Jimmy Winston grew up.
It was used by the band for rehearsals and where they played regularly before they hit the Big Time, then became a key live music venue for many rock bands including Iron Maiden.
Saturday’s glitzy night starts at 5pm with the awards at 8.30pm. Top soul DJ Neil Self plays 1960s music until 2am, including Small Faces hits such as Watcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday and Itchycoo Park, as well as All Or Nothing.
Carol Harrison has her roots and career in east London. She was once married to actor Jamie Foreman, son of the 1960s East End gangster and Krays’ hit man Freddie Foreman.
Her role in TV’s EastEnders in 1998-99 was Louise Raymond, mother of Tiffany, after previously playing Dorothy in ITV’s London’s Burning about Blue Watch fire-fighters that used Shadwell fire-station as its backcloth.
Her film debut was a bit-part in 1980 in The Elephant Man, about Joseph Merrick who lived with his bone deformity at the London Hospital in Whitechapel until he died in 1890.
The Galaxy Christmas Crackers awards at The Ruskin on Saturday go to those who have done something different, outstanding or inspiring in the world of entertainment, like Carol’s ‘Small Faces’ musical.
The Ruskin in High Street North, two minutes from East Ham Underground station, has reopened after five years off the scene. It is back in business as a live music venue, with a hotel added.