Now My Love Be Strong

By Sarah Vermont

Darren has the charm of the Devil and Lorraine is the love of his life.  As I edited their story, I realised I was editing 'West Side Story' cut-and-pasted into the heart of East London.  It is a story of love...deep, abiding love, murder in self-defence and 28 years in prison with a life-defining ending.  The song 'You and Me' was written by Darren for Lorraine after one visit when she was finding life particularly hard.  Performed by Darren and members of band, The Pinnacle, as part of the Sounding Out project with The Irene Taylor Trust.Darren is now working with The Message helping advise and re-settle ex-offenders.Photograph:  Nigel Henderson (1917-1985) 'Gillian Alexander at play, Chisenhale Road c.1950'

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