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November 5, 2012

British visitors celebrate George Peabody


“Cups are huge,” staffer Jeanette Manu said. “We couldn’t even finish our drinks.”

“You guys have a wide array of shops,” said an admiring Yvonne Edge-Daley. And there are bargains to be had here, they agreed.

The British visitors noted that George Peabody remains surprisingly visible in his adopted London.

“One in 12 Londoners will have lived in Peabody housing,” staffer Sam Bedford said.

“Or have family that lived in the Peabody,” Kirwan said. New properties have been constructed, and some of the 19th-century originals still stand, though modified with bathrooms.

All were eager to see Salem on Halloween Eve.

“They go to extremes here,” Campbell said. “In London, all they do is have little girls dress up as princesses.”

But they conceded that they hadn’t brought any costumes.

“I’m going as a British person,” Alek Deng said with a laugh. “Is that supposed to be scary?”

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