The house in Thistlewaite Road where the late Harold Pinter, the legendary playwright, actor, theatre director, Nobel prize winner and political agitator, grew up was officially given blue plaque status yesterday. Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser was there to say a few words along with a handful of luminaries from the world of the stage, one or two of whom themselves live within walking distance. Councillor Ian Rathbone gave a speech.
It was all very fitting and fond. Lady Antonia confirmed that Pinter enjoyed argument, refusing to accept anything except the laws of cricket without question. Looking on, I recalled the elderly couple who, until quite recently, lived almost opposite the home of Pinter's youth and remembered him as a youth, destined to become the most illustrious old boy of Hackney Downs Grammar School in the 1940s on whose site Mossbourne Academy now stands. Read more about Pinter and his work here.