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The Ruskin Arms pub was an incredible venue for bands. Always packed out on Friday nights. We called it The Bin, because it was pretty rundown and wreaked of dope. The original owner was a retired boxer, there were gyms upstairs. Iron Maiden started out at the Ruskin and before them The Small Faces. My first band rehearsed in Dagenham and often bumped into Maiden’s original singer Paul Di’Anno.

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