Scrap metal collector, 2017
Just last night through this site I had gone onto The London Sound Survey recordings by Ian Rawles; first one I listened to was “Knife grinder East Finchley”, which was great but didn’t have a date. The Farmers’ Market at Leigh Community Centre the other week had a knife grinder in a van outside, but he wasn’t doing any calling out and not sure if they ever would.
Quite by chance today around about 1.30pm I heard the hand bell of a scrap metal collector in Elm Road. I have seen them before so it’s not quite a lost sound, but this is the first time I’ve been able to record it, even so it was in a bit of a rush so it’s while they were heading away. You also hear the sounds of the farmyard and rural Essex here in sleepy Leigh-on-Sea.