Dogs Gone Gone

The Stow was officially opened in 1933 by Bill Chandler, a near legendary gambler and bookmaker, who wore a Savile Row suit and had a reputation for taking enormous and sometimes bizarre bets. Amy Johnson, the pioneer aviator, was there on the first night. Bookie Doug Tyler was also there that night and attended the last night 75 years later.
Walthamstow was one of Britain's original greyhound tracks and was more or less universally described as the best in the world. An iconic landmark, you knew you were in Walthamstow when you were driving round the North Circular and saw the giant neon dog. The stadium was also one of the biggest employers in the area until it closed in August 2008.
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