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TONIGHT: Reformed gangster John Pridmore visits Goodmayes to reveal how nearly killing a man turned his life around

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 04 October 2013

Ex-gangster John Pridmore will speak about his former life of crime at Saint Cedds Church.

Ex-gangster John Pridmore will speak about his former life of crime at Saint Cedds Church.

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A former east London gangster will tell how he went from living in a drug-funded penthouse to delivering inspiring talks to more than 2.5million people when he visits Ilford next Saturday.

Hear the tale of how a former east London gangster went from living in a drug-funded penthouse to delivering inspiring talks to more than 2.5million people when he visits Ilford tonight.

John Pridmore will speak at Saint Cedds Church, in Blythswood Road, Goodmayes from 7.30pm.

It took nearly killing a man before he turned his life around.

“At the age of 15 I was put in a detention centre, and at 19 I was put in prison - I spent a lot of that time in solitary confinement.”

Working the doors at London nightclubs led John, from Hackney, into a life of drugs, women and fast cars.

At the age of 27 he was living in a St John’s Wood penthouse with more money than he could ever spend.

He said: “I was asked to drive Land Rovers from Dover to London and I’d get £5,000 a time. It was obviously drugs, but by 27 I had more money than I could spend.

“But I still had a void in my life, so that led to drugs.”

Shortly after, John was involved in a fight that nearly killed a man outside a London nightclub. It was then that he began working with young people, showing them the error of his ways.

“I realised there was a better way of living,” he said. “I decided to share my story with people.”

He has since released a biography called ‘From Gangland to Promise Land’ and has travelled to LA to meet Paul Kemenson, a Hollywood producer responsible for films such as Ronin and American History X.

This evening’s talk at Saint Cedds Church begins at 7.30pm and is free to enter.


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