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5 live Homecoming: Dotun remembers the bad boy of Tottenham

Thursday 29 November 2012, 16:28

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All this week 5 live presenters have been looking at the issues facing the areas where they grew up.

The 5 live Homecoming series continues with Up All Night's Dotun Adebayo returning to the Tottenham he remembers as a child.

Here, in his own words, Dotun shares his memories of growing up in north London:

Dotun Adebayo Dotun as a child for the Homecoming series.

"The thing I am most looking forward to in my homecoming to Tottenham is rediscovering one or two of the neighbours who were always calling the cops on us when we were young, gifted and too hyped in the endz. I owe them all an apology.

To them I ain't no 'radio presenter'. You might think so. But that's not who I was in Totty. Growing up on the border with Hackney, caught in the crossfire, I more saw myself as a 'bad bwoy' going on like a Rudie. A teenager who ain't having it from noone. This kid spent nuff time on road from Manor House to Green, Bruce Grove to High Road, N15s to N17s, in an out of White Hart Lane every other Saturday in season, bunking over the wall for stock cars and greyhound racing at Haringey Stadium. Always up to 'no good'.

That was me back in the day. I'm a couple years older now and when I'm not on air I volunteer my time to stop youngsters from the endz making the mistakes I made growing up in the manor. Yet I have still to apologise to the bloke next door who used to dial 999.

Journey with me then into my past. You'll hear a different kind of Dotun on my homecoming. No fronting. And remember, what's said in this special programme stays in this special programme."

Dotun will be in Tottenham, at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, from 1am Saturday 1st December and will be made available on 5 live's listen again service. Guests include rap artist Wretch 32 and former Spurs player Ledley King.

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Dotun chats to his hero, former Spurs player, Ledley King about all things Tottenham.
Read earlier blogs from the Homecoming series when Peter headed to Basildon, Richard Bacon to Mansfield and 5 live Breakfast's Nicky Campbell to Edinburgh.

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