Connect Hackney recently launched a commemorative booklet and two short films featuring stories from the borough’s elders which celebrate their experience, lives and diversity.
People with disabilities, and those from the LGBTQ+, Senegalese, Vietnamese, British, Nigerian and Chinese communities have all contributed, amongst others.
They shared moving stories of love, work, change, prejudice, loneliness, pride and resilience.
Harold Rubin, 92, who is originally from New York, has lived in Hackney since 1970. He reflects on a life lived to the full, including careers in interior design, running an art gallery and as a part-time journalist: “You can do quite a lot if you start at 17 and reach 92.”