2010 Archive Material

posted: May 2010

Pearly Kings & Queens cockney knees-up May 2010

Dreadful weather! Pearly families on the steps of St. John’s church.
Pearly families on the steps of St. John’s church. Pearly Princes and Princesses.

posted: 10 September 2010


We are holding a fun race night on Saturday 25th September at All Saints Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Kent, DA3 8DB at 7.30pm (15 minutes from Dartford tunnel). Tickets will be £10 to include fish or chicken & chips. Bets will be in units of 50p and horses can be purchased for each race.

More details and ticket orders from me via e-mail or phone 01474 702513.

posted: 10 September


Next English’s sale.

The next English’s sales day will be on Saturday 18th September from 10.30am until 4pm. Please come along to 464a Bethnal Green Road and snap up the bargains.

posted: 18 August 2010

New Patron Tommy Walsh.

Tommy Walsh – of Ground Force, Quest TV’s daily DIY show, and several TVadverts has agreed to be our charity patron.He is just as lovely in the flesh as he is on TV, so we are delighted about this. Tommy has lots of contacts and hopefully will be able to help us to reduce some of the costs of the memorial. With his help we hope that it will bring us closer to being able to start building within the next 9 months. For more information about anything to do with the Memorial and the charity please ring Derek Spicer on 07722 162 168 or Sandra on 077324 60 444.

posted: 29 November 2010

November/December updates


There didn’t seem to be very many people around on Saturday for our Christmas Fair (not surprising as it was bitterly cold), so we didn’t think we had done that well. However, we were very pleasantly surprised when we added up all the money to find we had raised £1046.50 (and no foreign coins!!). So it was a brilliant result and most unexpected.

W. English & Son’s grand total

This takes the total raised by W. English & Son, funeral directors in Bethnal Green Road , over the last 2 years since they started to help us, to just over £20,168, which is absolutely magnificent. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the bosses of English’s for all their help and support over this time and particularly their staff Terri Fitzpatrick (who is quite poorly at present) and her husband, Den, plus Sue Camilleri and David Kemp who all organise the events on their days off and it is a very long day for them. Thank-you also to everyone who donated goods for Saturday (and over the last 2 years) and to all the helpers we had on Saturday who worked their socks off all day, not only setting up, but selling and helping to pack away and clear up at the end. This includes Kerry who was there all day and Babs Clark who made tea, coffee and mince pies to keep us going in the cold. Also, to Evelyn Teichmann who was dressed as Mother Christmas, standing out in the cold all afternoon ringing her bell to attract people to the Fair. And, as ever, a big thank-you to our own Derek Spicer and Lee Scotting who (with me) stood outside all day and helped out from early in the morning until late (I think I had a red nose that would put Rudolph to shame by the afternoon with the cold wind). Derek’s wife, Barbara, gathers in a lot of the goods we have to sell and drives them up to English’s and her family helped out too (Bev, Bev & Pat) during the day. We also take a car load up each time usually donated by our friends and neighbours. Other helpers included Joan & Tom Wilson and Frances & Jo Speakman at different times during the day. Many of these have long journeys (especially Pat Spicer from Reading), so we are indebted to everyone who helped out as we could not have done it without them all . As previously mentioned, there won’t be any more sales days there as the premises is being refurbished in the New Year, so we will miss this opportunity to raise money on a regular basis. If anyone knows of any shops or businesses that could help us out (in London or Essex) by allowing us to hold sales days once or twice a month on a Saturday please let us know.

Bid for Jamie Oliver’s latest “30 minute recipes” book

Also, we have Jamie Oliver’s latest “30 minute recipes book which has been signed by James himself. The official price is £26, although it is being discounted in some shops, but they are not signed by Jamie, so ours is probably worth nearer £30 – £40 and was donated by his father to our charity . Please let us have your sealed bids urgently.

Keith Miller’s medium/clairvoyant evening on Monday 13

Please don’t forget Keith Miller’s medium/clairvoyant evening on Monday 13 th December at Oxford House, just a 5 – 10 minute walk from Bethnal Green tube (slightly closer to the main line) station. Tickets are £10 each and it starts sharp at 7.30pm, but the doors open at 7pm. Keith will be giving out messages from 7.30pm until 8.30pm, so it will not be a late finish as we have to be out of the hall by 9pm. You can pay on the door, but we just need to know you will be coming so that we do not exceed numbers. Keith is doing this event free of charge to support our charity because of his family’s involvement. If you need more information just let me know.

The Fountain pub in Sceptre Road

The Fountain pub in Sceptre Road (off Globe Road and behind Barmy Park) raised £600 for us 2 weeks ago with a snooker & darts tournament and also donations in the bottle on the bar and a guess how much was in the bottle competition. So, our sincere thanks to everyone who took part and particularly to June, the landlady, and her husband, John, for their help and support. If you are passing that way please pop in and say hello to them and also have a drink and put some money in the new bottle on the bar that they have just started.

Alf Morris ’ s dance night

Alf Morris’s dance night on 19 th November at the Conservative Club in Hornchurch went very well . It was virtually a full house and everyone enjoyed the buffet and music and had a really good time. Many were heard to ask when the next one will be as they went home. The event raised £840 which was a brilliant result.

If you need more information or have any fund-raising suggestions please give me a ring.


Sandra (Hon. Sec) 077324 60 444 , or Derek Spicer on 07722 162 1 68

posted: 9 November


Fireworks event in Victoria Park.

The fireworks event in Victoria Park on Sunday 7th November organised by Tower Hamlets Council certainly went with a bang. We were given permission to collect donations during the evening on 3 gates so we had 14 wonderful volunteers spread out along the perimeter, including John & Darren Walters, Pearly King and Pearly Prince of Finsbury, who always work so hard collecting money for us.

The fireworks themselves were brilliant and it was completely free to go in. Our patron, Tommy Walsh, opened the proceedings and spoke about our project and hoped that the spectators would be generous when they see our collectors on the way out. We were therefore delighted when we all finished counting the money at the end of the night as we raised £2,080.24. We would like to thank all those who gave money to our collectors and also to Tower Hamlets Council for allowing our charity to collect at the event. Also, a really big thank-you to all our volunteer collectors as it was a cold night (though dry, fortunately) and the buckets were pretty heavy by the end of the evening. We could not have managed without them all.

posted: 9 November


Medium / Clairvoyant.

Keith Miller will be conducting another of his medium/clairvoyant events on Monday 13th December at Oxford House, just off Bethnal Green Road at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets will be £10 each and we need to know numbers in advance if possible. So, please contact us to let us know if you wish to attend and you will then be able to pay on the night or we can let you know where you can purchase tickets from. Phone Derek on 07722 162 168 or 078 28 197 236 or 077324 60 444.



posted: 6 October


Fun Race night.

We held a fun race night on Saturday 25th September at All Saints Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley, Kent. It really was a fun evening and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. As well as having a good night out we raised £530.50 for the charity, so it was a good evening all round.

posted: 9 November


W. English & Son Sales Days.

The October sales day raised £925 and we also received a donation from the Foresters Charity Stewards for £300 on the same day. We are extremely grateful to both organisations for their help and support to our charity.

posted: 10 September


70th Anniversary of the Blitz.

Last Saturday we held the 70th anniversary of the Blitz @ Bethnal Green library day. This was a very interesting afternoon on 4th September commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Blitz and talking about the Stairway to Heaven Memorial project. Unfortunately we ran out of time and could not hear talks from many of the survivors, so we might have to do this again another day. But everyone who spoke about their time during the War gave us a fascinating insight of what it was like to live through it. Sean Dettman spoke about his book about the disaster and started a very interesting and thought-provoking discussion about who was responsible for the disaster. He also signed copies of his book about the event and we had lots of goodies for sale and postcards available for supporters to write to the Queen, Prime Minister and Mayor Boris Johnson urging them to help us. The afternoon was opened by Cllr. Denise Jones and we are very grateful to her for talking about her support for our project and the need to preserve the heritage of East London. Also, our thanks to Chloe who read some great book extracts and poems from the wartime. She was dressed in 1940’s style and made us all feel very envious of the fashion of the day as she looked so beautiful. Thanks must also go to Richard Bolt and all the staff at Bethnal Green library for making this event possible. You will be pleased to know that we raised £199.17 from donations and sale of goods.

posted: 18 August


Video clips.

The following links are for video clips relating to the tragedy on YouTube.

The first is a short documentary telling the story of the Bethnal Green Tube shelter disaster.

The second is an interview with Dr Joan Martin MBE, who was on duty as a junior doctor on March 3rd, 1943.

The third an interview with Sandra Scotting, whose grandmother and cousin were killed in the Bethnal Green Tube shelter disaster, explains the impact on her mother and the importance of the memorial.

posted: 18 August



Alf Morris’s dance night.

Alf Morris’s dance night will take place on Friday 19th November at the Hornchurch Conservative Club, Hornchurch, Essex. Tickets cost £10 each to include a buffet and if you haven’t already ordered your tickets please do so urgently directly from Alf on 01708 444 154.

posted: 18 August


Keith Miller Medium/ clairvoyant evening.

This took place on 28 th July and was very impressive. Most people in the audience seem to receive messages. We raised £345, which included donations, so it was also a very successful event financially. We would therefore like to thank Keith very much for all his hard work in conducting the evening completely free of charge and also to Lesley and the staff at Eastbourne House (Globe Town Community Centre) for allowing us to use their premises free of charge. It was a great evening. We will organise another medium event in the autumn and will let you know once we have a date & venue booked .

Cockney Music Hall 2010

Alf Morris with artists & Pearly Kings & Queens Actor Cliff Parisi (Minty from East Enders) with two of the Pearlys.
The acts on a stage. Photo Evelyn Teichmann.
Photo Evelyn Teichmannfont Photo Evelyn Teichmann.
All together now! – Photo Evelyn Teichmann.