Rupa praised suburb’s cultural history at Ealing Library event, she recently made a passionate defence of Ealing’s cultural history, calling the area ‘a hotbed of popular music and diverse cultures’.
The former Deputy Mayoress for Ealing, and Labour candidate for the Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing Central and Acton, made the remarks during a discussion on suburbia and local history at a packed event held in the Green Room at Ealing Central Library last weekend.
Councillors, civic society members and members of local residents associations turned out in force for the first of 2014’s Local History talk series, which kicked off with a bang. Other notable speakers included the eminent urban planner Prof Sir Peter Hall, and author of Jonathan Carr’s Bedford Park, Dr David Budworth MBE.
Rupa called upon the research for her recent books – ‘On the Edge’ and ‘Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture’ – to criticise what she called “urban elitists who label suburban dwellers as a bunch of ‘net curtain twitchers”.
Rupa is from Northfields, she said: “Ealing is a contemporary suburb which has been a hotbed of popular music and a wider ethnically diverse popular culture at large.”
She went on to issue a stark warning against Government neglect of suburbs like Ealing, adding that they deserve much-needed government support if they are to remain as relevant in 100 years as they are now.
“I’ve lived and worked in the area for most of my life, so of course I love any opportunity to talk about the area’s amazing cultural history with other people who have lived here too.
It was a really lively event, and I’m not surprised the library staff had to literally pull the plug and close the building to bring the discussion to a close. If it wasn’t for that I’m sure the discussion could have continued for a long time after.”