HENRY COOPER: 1934-2011


“Anyway, we were brought up during the war on a council estate in Bellingham, in the Borough of Lewisham. There was an artillery battery at the end of our street, and when they started up, we knew it was time to get into the air-raid shelter. Our mum used to make us run with a cushion on our heads. You could hear the shrapnel dropping on the roof tiles, see. If it had come down, it would have gone straight through the bleedin’ cushion. But you know what mums are.”

Sir Henry Cooper to Metro

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