My favourite aunt
Contributed by Deekay on April 28, 2018
My great aunt, Doris Allan, was the second youngest from a dockworker's family from Canning Town. I don't know where she learned her trade as an embroiderer but she somehow worked her way up to owning her own business. She used to take me with her to her workshop in Whitechapel. The first place was demolished as it was very old and dilapidated but full of character and charm. She was on the first floor and on the ground floor they made bags. I think they were Italian? I remember the distinct smell of machine oil and cottons. After it was pulled down, she moved to Alie Street and continued to work as an embroiderer in to her 70s. Whitechapel was a part of my aunt's life as long as I knew her and probably many years before. She moved out to Essex in the 1950s but still commuted in every day - she must have had a real fondness for the place.