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PEP Talks, an hour long video celebration of the life of Peter Perry, was first shown at a guerilla cinema near Hoe Street in 2008. Peter, who was 87 years old, was there but died a few months later.

Mr Perry, who was born in Leyton, was a charmer who was well known in the Wood Street area of Walthamstow, where he used to live, though in recent years he had been living in Brookscroft Road, Walthamstow.

He spent most of the Second World War serving in the RAF alongside the desert rats in north Africa. When he was in his 80s he got the chance to go back to Africa as part of the Government's Heroes Return programme. "I told them I wasn't a hero but they said I could go anyway," said Peter modestly.

A volunteer, he worked with ground crew maintaining aircraft but even so he narrowly escaped death on more than one occasion. He also suffered from skin problems as a result of working long hours in the desert sun for several years.

A weight lifter in his youth, he won several medals and eventually became the civil service champion. He also displayed his weight lifting skills at the Festival of Britain.

A life long communist and a leading light in the Walthamstow Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, he was passionate about fine literature and had read extremely widely. He also had an allotment and supported Orient Football Club.

Many will remember seeing him cycling up Wood Street or chaining his bike outside one of the shops or pubs.

A determined correspondent his letters were published in a variety of newspapers including the Waltham Forest Guardian and the Morning Star.