Russell Dryden, a true Bermondsey champion, has become a beacon of hope through his entrepreneurial efforts. Taking over a fish stall in The Blue Market, Dryden co-founded The Blue’s Business Improvement District (BID) to combat the decline in local businesses. This hard work paid off with an impressive £2 million regeneration grant from the Greater London Authority. The market now boasts flexible spaces and community-inspired public art installations. Russell also revived the Bermondsey Carnival, showcasing multicultural talent. With his band ‘Bastru’, he supports local young musicians. His story highlights the power of community action in preserving the essence of a neighbourhood for future generations.

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