1st Place, "The Last Of The Crooners" by Tom Oldham
In days gone by, pubs all over London’s East End would feature sharply turned out singers crooning their way through a set of jazz standards at weekends, entertaining audiences and keeping them in the pub.
Audiences have fallen over time, and now only the Palm Tree in Bow continues the tradition, having hosted three guest singers each weekend for more than forty years. Despite its rich culture, the Palm Tree is sadly now a lone stalwart. These singers really are The Last of The Crooners.
The family-owned Palm Tree is famous for maintaining its original warm East End atmosphere despite the impact of gentrification, council pressures and the changing habits of its clientele. After several years of asking the pub finally allowed me to document the many great characters who still perform here, in a bid to capture this slice of history while it remains.