2017 archive material

Here are selection of articles from the old website published in2017.

posted: 14 October 2017.

Survivors open Starbucks.

Babs Clark and Alf Morris (both survivors of the Bethnal Green tube disaster) were thrilled to be asked to cut the ribbon to open the new Starbucks almost opposite our Memorial in Cambridge Heath Road.

Starbucks opening

This used to be Nico’s Cafe but it now is a delightful coffee shop with 4 choices of cup sizes. Derek Spicer, our treasurer, can also be seen in the photo with his collecting bucket.

Starbucks opening

After the ceremony Babs was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and Alf with a bottle of wine. The District Manager of Starbucks, Mark Colclough Noble, said that Starbucks is pledged to help raise awareness about the disaster that happened so close to their premises and to raise funds for the charity. They are also hoping to supply some of the refreshments for the Memorial Service next year. Apart from having lovely local staff working there they also serve great coffee!!

posted: 11th April 2017.

Channel 5 program.

Channel 5 interviews some of the survivors of the Bethnal Green Tube disaster.

View the video on their Facebook page.

(You may need to scroll down their Facebook page as news stories are added frequently and look for this photo).

posted: 25th March 2017.

Daffodils blooming around the Memorial.

The Memorial is looking lovely at present with a sea of colour thanks to the
hard work of the East London Garden Society and Len & Isabel Passmore who
have been planting bulbs in and around the Memorial Garden and making it
look so good for this special anniversary month.



posted: 22nd March 2017.


A sponsored 5k run took place at Victoria Park on Saturday 4th March,
organised by Chris Payne & Mark Cazaly for two charities, including ours to
raise funds for the final installation work.

sponsored run.

Betty the dog.

Several people took part in aid
of our charity, including the two organisers plus Glen Turner, Jodie Lynn
with her dog Betty, and two friends. They are seen

here in the photographs

warming up, starting off and then at the end with their medals. Betty the
dog received her own medal for running all the way too. There is still time
to sponsor Betty, the dog (or any of the other runners) by just making a
donation on the ‘donate now’ and we will add it to the total raised

posted: 20th March 2017.


Len Goodman (from Strictly Come dancing) joined our patron, TV’s Tommy Walsh, and local MP Rushanara Ali at the Memorial Service last Sunday at St. John on Bethnal Green Church. The names of the victims were read out during the Service while 173 candles were lit on the altar. After the Service several Pearly Kings & Queens led the parade across the road to lay flowers and wreaths on the unfinished Bethnal Green Memorial accompanied by Mayor John Biggs and many survivors, rescuers and relatives of the victims.

Memorial 2017.

Photo: Mike Brooke/East London Advertiser.

Fr. Alan Green led the Service speaking about history affects our lives and how the people that died in the Bethnal Green tube disaster affected all our lives and need to be remembered for ever. Leon Silver, from the Nelson Street Synagogue, said that there were people of all religions that died that night but it made no difference as they were all individuals that will be remembered by the wonderful Memorial that we have all worked hard to erect.

The report by charity Secretary Sandra Scotting began by thanking St. John’s Church for organising such a wonderful Service, which is so welcome for all the relatives and survivors each year. Len Goodman was thanked for joining us to remember his uncle (Richard Coleman). And the wonderful Pearly Kings & Queens, who come to the Service every year and help out at fund-raising events, were also thanked for their continued help. Dr. Joan Martin MBE, was applauded for being with us once again this year. Joan was the A & E doctor on Duty at the Children’s hospital in Hackney Road, on the night of the disaster, attending to adults and children. Joan was 101 years old last November and is an amazing woman.

Sandra then explained how frustrated we all were by the delays last year as the legal agreement to add the ‘stairway’ on top of the partially built memorial took 8 months to finalise with the local Council due to red tape, health & safety and other rules. This final part could not be manufactured until that agreement was in place otherwise it would have cost a lot of money to insure and store it. However, once the Council’s agreement was signed in December, work commenced on the teak ‘stairway’ at last. The surnames of the victims have been carved into the sides in large letters and is nearing completion. Work on the roof is progressing well. Photographs were on show for the congregation to see after the Service (and appear on our teak page).

Unfortunately the company that was due to install the ‘stairway’ went into Administration late last year, which was another blow to our timetable. So we are now in the process of finding an alternative company to help finish the Memorial project. The installation process has to be very precise as the ‘stairway’ is very big, so it requires specialist skills. Once installed, the roof will be added. This contains the conicals/cones in memory of each of the victims to allow sunlight to shine through. These have been sponsored by local schools, businesses, individuals and victims’ families, and everyone was thanked for embracing this sponsorship venture. Following completion the Council will then have to sign it off. Hopefully this will then be finished in the summer.

Our patron, Tommy Walsh, attends all our Memorial Services and gives excellent building advice. He gave one of the bible Readings as well as reading out some of the victims’ names. MP for Bethnal Green & Bow, Rushanara Ali, read the poem ‘One Night in Bethnal Green’ by Chris Stanfield and Joyce Hampton (one of our Trustees) read the poignant poem she wrote about the disaster ‘Looking Down on You and Me’. Joyce was also selling copies of her book ‘A Century of Life in Bethnal Green’ which is a real gem.

The wonderful food that had been prepared by all the ladies working hard during the morning was enjoyed after the Service giving everyone a chance to mingle and talk, to look at the exhibition of material about the disaster and to catch up with other family members. And to look forward to the completion of the Memorial, hopefully in the summer.

Photographs from the service can be viewed here.

posted: 28th February 2017.

Names carved in the teak stairway.

Carved names 5

Some of the victims surnames that have been carved in large letters all around the sides of the stairway

More photographs of the carved names can be viewed on the
Teak page.

posted: 10th February 2017.

Last Big Fund-Raiser:

Chris Payne is organising a sponsored run and walk around Victoria Park on Saturday 4th March, starting at 9.30am. It is a 5k run, but you could do it as a walk. It would be great if lots of people could take part and obtain some sponsors. Please let the charity secretary know if you would like to take part (details below) or if you’d like to help out that morning by manning the stall with water and chocolate bars for the runners/walkers.

If you would like to sponsor one of the people taking part, the Just Giving link is: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/Donate4Fit

Please specify stairway to heaven memorial.

It should only be for the morning, so we’d like to make this a fun event and the park is a lovely place to explore afterwards and there are 2 cafes in the park to visit too. Hopefully this will be our last big fun-raising event. The secretary’s email address is: info@stairwaytoheavenmemorial.org or ring Derek Spicer (fund raising trustees on 07722 162 168.

posted: 5 January 2017.

Cones complete lettering in progress.

The cutting of the conicals in the teak has now been completed. Carving the surnames all around the sides of the stairway has just started as you can see in this photo.

photo 1


photo 2

Lettering for the stairway.

posted: July 2017.

Raffle draw.

Our online raffle was drawn at the Holiday Inn, Brentwood, by the Manager, Mrs. Donna Plane, who can be seen picking out the tickets (with the hand-made bear and some of the prizes).

Mrs. Donna Plane

All 15 winners have been notified and their prizes will be winging their way to them over the next week. Thanks to everyone that took part and to all the wonderful people that donated prizes, especially the bear, the necklace, the vouchers for Kelly’s pie & mash, Pellici’s and Ashted pub. You have all been very generous, so a big thank you to everyone that took part.

We raised £400 as all the prizes were donated.


Helping at the event were our Chairman Mike Pattison, Treasurer Derek Spicer and Accountant Lee Scotting who can be seen in the picture with the lovely bear that was won by June Cray

posted: 4th July 2017.

More super raffle prizes.

Robert Kelly with voucher

The wonderful Robert Kelly can be seen holding a prize voucher for our raffle which we plan to draw next month. The voucher is for 6 people to have pie, mash, liquor and jellied eels, plus apple pie & custard, tea or coffee at R. Kelly’s famous pie & mash shop in Bethnal Green Road.

raffle Maria and Nevio Jnr Pellici with voucher.jpg

Maria and Nevio Jnr Pellici can be seen with their voucher for a meal for 2 at Pellici’s famous restaurant in Bethnal Green Road.

raffle Maria and Nevio Jnr Pellici with voucher.jpg

Beverley is seen with her voucher for £25 for food and drink at The Brewery, Ashtead, Surrey, and another prize a bottle of Mumms Champagne.

You can enter the draw by donating as many £10s as you like on this website and then emailing the secretary at: info@stairwaytoheavenmemorial.org to send your contact details so we can get in touch when we make the draw to choose your prize if you are successful. Just donate £10 for each chance to be entered into the draw by clicking donate here below.

Good luck and thank you.

posted: 8th May 2017.

Online raffle

We are conducting an ‘online raffle’ for a lovely hand-made bear and necklace (plus other prizes) to raise the last of our funds.

If you would like to take part please donate £10 on this website and then let us know and we will put your name on a raffle ticket. You can donate as many £10s as you want, for as many tickets chances as you like. Once we have enough people participating we will hold a public draw as we did with the football memorabilia.

Just donate the Â

£10 (or more) on this opening page by clicking on ‘donate here’. It will not say anything about the ‘raffle’ but please email Sandra, the secretary, and let her know how many tickets you require and she will then take your full details and prize preference and also let you know when the draw will take place.

1st prize – a hand made bear.

Hand made bear full length

FLAY is a Fisher of Bears and one of a kind. He is made from the finest German mohair and completely hand stitched. His eyes are Victorian shoe buttons, and paws and pads are ultra suede. He is filled with recycled cotton fibre and poly pellets. It is not suitable for children under 5 years old.

Hand made bear - detail

Hand made bear - size

Flay is handmade by Lin Mackenzie who sells her bears for about £300.



2nd prize, a hand made necklace.

Hand made necklace

Hand made necklace - detail

The necklace has 173 gems, freshwater pearls, emerald, opal laboradite & amethyst chips. The centre piece is mother of pearl to respect the Pearly Kings & Queens. It evokes angel wings. The spacer beads are silver plate, as is the clasp, which looks like the underground sign.

The necklace is handmade by Gill and would normally sell for £130.



3d prize

Voucher for pie & mash at Kelly’s pie shop Bethnal Green Road

Kellys pie and mash shop



4th prize

Voucher for breakfast at Pellici’s, Bethnal Green Road

pellicci cafe exterior



5th, 6th & 7th prizes

Churchill Crowns each one in it’s own case.