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Eastenders actress and national treasure, June Brown, visited London’s Tom Cribb pub to explore her family history as part of BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are?
She was the first celebrity to feature in the new series, which traces family trees and explores major themes in British social history.
June, who plays Dot Cotton in the soap, visited the Tom Cribb to learn more about her great great great grandfather's involvement in the shadowy underworld of 19th century bare-knuckle boxing.
The Shepherd Neame pub is named after a British bare-knuckle boxing champion who, in the 1800s, retired from the ring and later became a publican at the Union Arms. The pub, now known as the Tom Cribb, changed its name to honour his career.
Tarraine Storrie, assistant manager at the pub, said: “It was a real privilege to meet June and fascinating to learn about her grandfather’s involvement with bare-knuckle boxing. She was really interested in the boxing memorabilia at the pub and even signed our visitor book.”
The Tom Cribb, near Piccadilly Circus, celebrates its heritage with boxing prints and photos on the walls, including Lennox Lewis and Henry Cooper.