* UPDATE 050517: See Queen Bess restored to the bar
THIS PORTRAIT of Queen Elizabeth that until recently hung outside the decommissioned pub in Graham Road, London E8, immortalised as the model for the Queen Vic in BBC1’s EastEnders, is being saved.
Loving Dalston has spoken to the project manager working in the grounds of the pub, which has been converted to flats, and he intends to have the sign restored once he has found a restorer. He then proposes to rehang the sign.
Some signwriters’ contact details have been sent to him. Loving Dalston will report on the progress of the restoration.
The portrait had been lying, exposed to the weather, in the former garden of the pub, which is now the site of two detached houses approaching completion. Built in London-stock brick, the houses are for sale at about £650,000 each.
The government’s capital gains tax rise is panicking second-home owners and likely to result in a glut of property on the market, so this is a good time to be a buyer.
David Altheer 240510
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