Polonia In London 1960s

With Blood and Scars is set in Polish Manchester in 1966. Multi-cultural Britain at its best – this 1960s film shows how the Poles organised themselves in London and Scotland. Back in the olden days, fewer Polski skleps existed. Most British towns had a “Pan (Mr/man) with a van” who provided the Polish community with their weekly stash of kielbasa and other necessities. Our “Pan with a van” – Pan Obuchowicz – came on Thursdays and parked up round the corner from my house. Hail, rain, snow, or sun, there was always a long queue.

In this clip you’ll find mention of two former Polish boarding schools – Divine Mercy College for Boys, Fawley Court near Henley and The Holy Family of Nazareth Convent School in Pitsford. There’s also Polish Saturday school, scouting, folk-dancing, folk-singing – the lot! Enjoy.


Fellow writers – check out the super printing press in the video. Quite something, eh?

Other fabulous tidbits of Polonia history here:
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