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    Mr Robinson lived with his wife and family at No. 150 East Ferry Road, moving in when the house was built in 1921. Due to unemployment, he and his wife made hokey-pokey, a sort of ice-cream, at the house; he then loaded a barrow and walked the streets with the cry ‘Hokey- Pokey’. “ Robbo” became a familiar figure around the Island and the hokey-pokey was very popular. To maintain the income during the winter the barrow would be loaded with baked potatoes and hot soup for sale. Eventually he took over the stall. This was a small wooden hut which enabled him to enlarge his stock to include confectionery, cigarettes, groceries and general goods. He retired in 1950s and the stall was removed.

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    George, my great-great-grandad, was born in 1884 and was one of 10 children – Annie, William, Louie, Sidney, Ernest, Edward, Ethel, Arthur and Hilda, born between 1879 and 1901. Their parents were Edward Newman Robinson and Jane Alice Peebles, who was born in Poplar. I believe George worked for the Post of London Authority and later in life he kept a stall in East Ferry Road. He was always referred to in the family as the Hokey-Pokey Man! My grandad and his mother got their love of ice-cream from George, I am sure. I would love to know more about him.”

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