2014 archive material

Jack the Ripper walk 2014.

posted: 25th August 2014.

Those that braved the weather for the Jack the Ripper guided walk on bank
holiday Monday 25th August were rewarded with a very comprehensive talk
about Jack the Ripper. In particular we learnt about the man that our guide,
Ripper historian, Edward Stow, thought really must have been the evil
murderer himself. We were taken to the place where he lived, his route to
work (where virtually all the murders took place) and despite the rain were
given detailed evidence about his first officially attributed murder. This
involved Sue Lechmere laying down in the road – in the rain – while the
circumstances were explained. The poor thing must have been soaked to the
skin by the end.

The connection with one of the Bethnal Green tube disaster victims was
revealed and everyone agreed it was a fascinating account of that grizzling
time in London. We ended the walk in Spitafields, opposite a very convenient
fish & chip shop which offered good food and a dry seat

Our grateful thanks go to our guide for braving the weather and to Sue for
getting wet while we looked on. Sincere thanks too to all the brave souls
who joined us despite the rain and helped us raise £125. Those that didn’t
missed a really interesting couple of hours.






Kray Twins talk.

posted: 1st September 2014.

Kray talk

Bill Beadle, Vice President of the Whitechapel Society, gave a fascinating
talk about the notorious Kray twins and their family at St. John on Bethnal
Green Church hall in September. From their parents life to the brothers’
gruesome gang warfare, right up to the end of their life in prison, Bill had
a great deal of detail to impart.

Kray talk

After the interval there was a Question and Answer session and in the
audience was Wayne Lear who had travelled all the way from Paignton to
Bethnal Green to hear the talk. He has written a book ‘Krays from Cradle to
the Graves’ (available on Kindle) having studied the family for many years
and collected lots of photographs and documentation including birth and
death certificates. He was able to fill in a few more details about the
life of the gangsters and their family’s roots in the East End.

The evening also raised £305.92 for the Bethnal Green tube disaster memorial
fund and our thanks go to Bill Beadle for giving up his time for the event.

London Mayor Boris Johnson’s donation letter.

Cockney Party Night 2014
Our cockney night took place on Friday 10th October 2014 at The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in Pollard Row (just off Bethnal Green Road).

There were lots of Pearly Kings & Queens to start the evening off with a good old fashioned sing-along and some saucy cockney rhyming slang songs too.

This was followed by the Majorettes Wartime Show, performed by Jessica Brett and Holly Gray of Dream Worldwide Productions which was brilliant.

They had lovely voices and were very energetic with this very unusual show which had us all singing along and waving our flags too.

The event was compered by our wonderful patron, TV’s DIY expert Tommy Walsh. He also conducted an auction of items that were kindly donated by local shops.

We would like to thank Tommy and all the Pearlies and Jessica and Holly who all performed free of charge. Also, a huge thanks to Steve, Warren and Charlotte at the Working Men’s Club who provided the venue and a delicious sausage & mash meal and buffet during the interval. Thanks also to all those that came along on the night and were very generous with the raffle and auction.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the event very much and hoped we would do another one soon.

The evening raised just over £1,436 towards the final stage of the memorial which is partially built in Bethnal Green Gardens, next door to Bethnal Green tube station.

posted: 14th October 2014.

Bethnal Green Tube collection.

tube collection

Charity chairman Mike Pattison collecting at Bethnal Green underground station. We raised £319.23. So a bit thank you to all our helpers and to those who put money in our buckets.

Daily Express article.

posted: 24th November 2014.

blurry photo of Daily Express article on the memorial

The Daily Express published this article about the memorial campaign on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

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