Lawrence was a champion weightlifter

People call me ‘Laurie’ or my Italian friends call me ‘Lorenzo.’ I was the English weightlifting champion for 12 successive years, and four-time British champion. I was a good athlete but I stopped competing in the mid-70s. I was also a licensed cab driver starting in the 50s for almost 40 years. For 21 years I’ve lived around here and I can tell you that people are very nice and friendly but it all depends on what kind of person you are. And I’m very outgoing and friendly.

– Lawrence lives near Clapham Park and is a member of the Over 50s Club

— Photographed by Marcia Chandra, story collected by Stella Barnes, at the Clapham Park Over 50s Luncheon, Clapham Park Community Resource Centre, July 2018

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