The Last Whites of the East End documentary. In this film we look at the community of Newham, East London where in the last 15 years more than 70,000 immigrants from around the world have come to live. According to the UK 2011 census this area was the “most culturally” diverse of all with more than 70% of the population being of an ethnic minority.
The programme looked into how cockneys are becoming an endangered population in the borough, with many moving towards Essex. The view point from some of the people who are interviewed in the film is that the immigration is causing a divide between members of the community.
For the most part people featured in the documentary last whites of the East End feel that the identity of the area is being lost. A big drive for peoples concerns on top of immigration is the loss of West Ham football club in the area which is a large part of the community and source of income according to Ron Bolwell, 78, runs two pubs, the Denmark Arms and the Queen’s which will most likely be hit hard because of loss of revenue on match days. The football club is the financial and cultural heart in many of the locals and its removal is not only financially detrimental to the economy but symbolic of the areas decline some people think.
This documentary has sparked up a lot of discussion across the UK.