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Albert Fisher, known as Whistling Rufus, would play his whistle in the Broadway, often standing at the Clock Tower. He was a well-known character. He died in 1942, aged 78.

Whistling Rufus

Other characters in the Broadway were Smokey Joe, who travelled all over the borough with his bicycle which had no tyres. Totty Hardbake was a mad woman who sat on a seat where Brampton Road joins Crook Log and would scare children.

Do we have characters like these nowadays?


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