Londoners are heartbroken to see what happened to shopping for Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come on Eileen’ music video
It’s 40 years since Dexy’s Midnight Runners blasted their way to the top of the UK music charts with their single ‘Come on Eileen’.
Four decades after the song’s release in 1982, it’s still one of the most viewed music videos on Youtube, reaching over 30 million on the band’s official page and millions more on other channels.
Yet while the song continues to be played on repeat in cafes, shops and bars across the country and beyond, making it a British cult classic, very little attention has been paid to it. location where the equally iconic music video was filmed.
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It was filmed outside what was then called Vi’s Stores at 151 Brook Drive in Kennington, southeast London, not far from Elephant and Castle tube station.
More recently the store was known as the Brook Drive Minimarket, which would have remained open until 2019, but as of 2020 the property appears to be vacant.
A sad image of the now empty corner shop has since made some rounds on social media, with many Dexy’s Midnight Runners fans expressing their displeasure with the state of the store.
One said: ‘A famous sarf-London landmark. How was anal b******s allowed? Why wasn’t it a listed building?
Another said: ‘Looks like they put a blue plaque on any old place these days but this place definitely deserves one!’
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With the store that once stood there now closed, the immediate area is now almost entirely residential, with very little activity beyond passing cyclists or pedestrians.
There was no sign of life in the building, with uncovered windows revealing an empty workshop inside.
A notice on the door indicates that the locks have recently been changed and the keys are awaiting collection.
Most people interviewed by MyLondon in the area had very few ideas about the history of the shop, with one saying: “Honestly, I cycle here every day and really didn’t know that was where they shot the video.”
But a longtime resident, who only gave his name as Derek, said he was one of the few people in the area who was aware of the importance of the shop.
“Most of the people who were there at the time died or left,” he said.
“I was a little kid so I didn’t know much about it, but I remember when it was still called Vi’s. I got all excited every time I saw the video on TV and said to my friends “this is my corner store”.
“It’s a shame there’s nothing here to remind people. I think they are turning it into apartments now”.
According to Zoopla , 151 Brook Drive is a five bedroom property with two bathrooms and a reception. The property is valued at around £1,246,000.
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