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Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes receives an M.B.E from H.R.H

Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes receives an M.B.E from H.R.H

 Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes receives an M.B.E from H.R.H

Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes receives an M.B.E from H.R.H

A wonderful celebration for our Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes at the Duchess pub in Battersea Jimmy and Michelle arrived at Buckingham Palace on a Trike with an escort of Bikers. The Chelsea pensioners were on hand to add a lot of history and colour to the event in the pub and danced our feet off.

 Pearlys joining the celebrations for Jimmy Juke M.B.E from H.R.H

Pearlys joining the celebrations for Jimmy Juke M.B.E from H.R.H

 Pearly Jimmy Juke

Pearly Jimmy Juke

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Family fun day on Blackheath

Family fun day on Blackheath

 Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

 Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

 Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

Pearlies at the Family fun day on Blackheath

 Pearlies of St Pancras attracting the crowds at the Family fun day on Blackheath

Pearlies of St Pancras attracting the crowds at the Family fun day on Blackheath

 Little Pearlies of St Pancras and Kings Cross

Little Pearlies of St Pancras and Kings Cross

There was great music and good weather at Blackheath for the Festival we were there raising fun and funds.

One of the last great Train robbers and the Pink Ladies Epsom

One of the last great Train robbers and the Pink Ladies Epsom

 Pearlies with Tommy Wisbey one of the Great Train robbers

Pearlies with Tommy Wisbey one of the Great Train robbers

We met Tommy Wisbey one of the Great Train robbers we bumped into him on top of an open double decker bus.

With one of our lovely Pink ladies helping raise funds for Breast Cancer.

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Busy June 2015 for The Pearlies

Busy June 2015 for The Pearlies

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June started off with the Pearlies meeting our friend Eddie Kidd, Eddie is such a great character and still has an eye for the ladies.

The next event for us was a gig put together by our friends Jenny and Viva from The Gig company.

We met an assortment of celebrities all there for a great fundraising cause.

 Pearlies of St Pancras with Russell Brand

Pearlies of St Pancras with Russell Brand

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 Pearlies and Madness

Pearlies and Madness

 Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Pearly Family Day Out

Pearly Family Day Out

The Pearlies of St Pancras
 Sherida Pearly Queen of St Pancras with her Pearly Prince

Sherida Pearly Queen of St Pancras with her Pearly Prince

 Pearlies of St Pancras backstage

Pearlies of St Pancras backstage

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 Pearly Prince of St Pancras

Pearly Prince of St Pancras

 Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

 Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

 Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

Madness on stage with the Pearlies of St Pancras

 Pearly Prince and Princess

Pearly Prince and Princess

 The Pearlies

The Pearlies

 Pearly Prince and Princess

Pearly Prince and Princess

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We had a lovely day out at Fratton Park, Portsmouth on June 6th. Our next generation of Pearlies (aged 3-10) took centre stage with Madness on a lovely Summer evening. Thank you to Devon, Lillie Bliss, Cain, Joseph and Daisy for joining in the fun.

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UK Homes for Heroes Charity Family Fun Day

UK Homes for Heroes Charity Family Fun Day

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It was a great pleasure to join my Pearly brother Jimmy Jukes and Pearly sister Michelle Thorpe in Pimlico at the Greyhound public house Family fun Day in aid oftheir charity UKHomes 4 Heroes Pride and Passion www.ukhomes4heroes.com The day started off with the weather being slightly overcast but that did not stop a large amount of people turning out to enjoy the day. There was Face painting, Bouncy Castle, Hog roast and a great live band also Michelle and I got on stage and had a bit of a singsong the audience were very kind to us and joined in.

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The Pearlies of St Pancras welcomed Cain and Trinity (who are Sheri's children) into our Pearly family they both looked fantastic and were absolute stars at collecting bees and honey for the charity thank you to everyone involved.

Comic Relief and The Emirates

Comic Relief and The Emirates

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The Pearlies had a very busy day on the 12th March with two charity events to attend. The first event was assisting Dermot O'Leary with his marathon 24hour day of Dance for comic relief accompanied by the Kings of Rockney Chas and Dave then straight on to the Emirates Stadium helping Madness raise fun and funds for Pancreatic Cancer.

Our newest member of our Pearly family Becki Leighton joined us with her lovely pearly suit she was a star a natural fundraiser also my brother Gary put his suit on and joined us, a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

 

You can view us dancing here!!

 

A selection of pictures from the evening:

 Dermot and the Pearly Princess of St Pancras

Dermot and the Pearly Princess of St Pancras

 The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras

The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras

 The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras

The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras

 The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras dancing with Dermot O'Leary

The Pearlies of Kings Cross and St Pancras dancing with Dermot O'Leary

 Pearly Princess of St Pancras

Pearly Princess of St Pancras

 Pearly Prince of St Pancras

Pearly Prince of St Pancras

 Emirates Stadium helping Madness raise fun and funds for Pancreatic Cancer

Emirates Stadium helping Madness raise fun and funds for Pancreatic Cancer

 Madness

Madness

The Newest member to our Pearly Family

The Newest member to our Pearly Family

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It is with great pleasure we introduce our newest member to our Pearly family Sherida Adams Clark.We have known Sherida for many years and she is such a kind, caring and fun lady that we are so pleased that she has taken up the title of Pearly Pride of St Pancras.

Here are pictures of Sherida's first outing with us on the 3rd of February we were invited to help raise fun and funds for Centrepoint - Centrepoint is the UK's leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 year olds with housing, learning, health and life skills www.centrepoint.org.uk

We were thrilled that Sherida fully embraced our Pearly tradition and done us and herself proud on the night looking forward to more fun times when she can join us to help raise fun and funds X.

An assortment of pictures from the evening

Left to right With Sam Faiers, Lisa Maxwell, Jonathan Ross, Adam Garcia, Jimmy Carr, Diane Parish,

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sam feries and us centrepoint
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The Pearlies attend Madness weekender Minehead

The Pearlies attend Madness weekender Minehead

 Pearlies of St Pancras on stage with Madness at Butlins Minehead

Pearlies of St Pancras on stage with Madness at Butlins Minehead

Donna our Pearly Pride and myself attended The Madness weekender at Butlins Minehead. A good time was had by all and the band as usual were amazing I presented the band with a copy of dad's book.

 Di and Donne with The Madness

Di and Donne with The Madness

I Met up again with the lovely Viva Mcpherson details of the great company Viva and Jenny run are here.

HELLO, WE’RE THE GIG COMPANY

The Gig Company are an independent boutique events company. With a wealth of experience, the dynamic duo Jenny Johnson and Viva Mcpherson can fashion any mode of fundraiser, corporate event or pop up. With our creativity and unlimited contacts anything is possible. We work on instinct, based on our extensive experience, laugh every day and love what we do.

http://www.thegigcompany.org/about-us/

Jenny and Viva
Jenny and Viva

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Open Day

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Open Day

 Di with Prince Joseph and Princess Daisy at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Di with Prince Joseph and Princess Daisy at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Pearlies of St Pancras attended the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Open day http://www.iwdonkey-sanctuary.comDonkeys played a very big part in the Coster Mongers daily life and were treated as one of the family Donkeys were also referred to as Jerusalem Ponies. We were proud to welcome two new young Pearlies into our family their names are Prince Joseph and Princess Daisy they are family members who live on the Isle of Wight. The Donkey sanctuary open day was a perfect time for their first outing helping raise fun and funds for the Sanctuary. Joseph and Daisy were stars and were natural Pearlies and fundraisers a lovely day was had by all. We look forward to more fundraising outings with Prince Joseph and princess Daisy.

    Pearly Princess Daisy at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

 

Pearly Princess Daisy at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

 Pearly Prince Joseph at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Pearly Prince Joseph at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

 Di with Prince Joseph at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Di with Prince Joseph at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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 Di at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Di at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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in the collection bucket
 Pearly Queen Diane with Pearly Prince Joseph, Princess Daisy and pearly cab!

Pearly Queen Diane with Pearly Prince Joseph, Princess Daisy and pearly cab!

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Pearly Prince Joseph

 

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Di with the pearly prince and princess

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Pearly Prince and Princess

Diane's presentation at The Kings Cross visitor centre

Diane's presentation at The Kings Cross visitor centre

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Diane was invited to talk at The King's Cross Visitor Centre it was standing room only. Diane chatted - and sang - to a large and jolly crowd at The King's Cross Visitor Centre on the 6th August 2014. She explained how the London - wide Pearly tradition started in Somerstown, moving on to talk about the life and times of her father, Alf Dole - in particular his early years living and growing up in Somerstown during the 30s and 40s, how the wartime years affected the families living in the area and how they made it through the rough times. Diane - and the audience finished with a great rendition of all three verses of 'My Old Man' (A song which also tells the story of some of the Londoners' plight).

http://www.kingscross.co.uk/the-pearly-prince-of-st-pancras

My visit to The Kings Cross visitor centre was full to standing - all attended enjoyed the jaunt through some of the old times of Kings Cross / St Pancras and we finished with a good old sing song.

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

Queen Mary Our lovely Queen Mary has sadly recently passed away.  Mary and Alf were a formidable Pearly duo – raising fun and funds together for over 30 years.  Like Alf, Mary was a Londoner through and through, experiencing great changes in the City during her 95 years.  In the wartime years she worked in the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.  Along with many other ladies at that time she took on the hard and dangerous work of producing munitions for the British military.  So she and Alf are now together again, as they were for so much of their life.

As is the Pearly tradition, Princess Diane is now Queen Diane.

 Queen Mary

Queen Mary

War and Peace Revival 2014

War and Peace Revival 2014

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Vicki Michelle w&p

The Pearlies of St Pancras had Five days of fun and book signing at W&P also catching up with friends. Allo allo our china plate Vickie Michelle.

 

Diane's  B.B.C Radio London interview!

Diane's B.B.C Radio London interview!

On Thursday 19th June 2014 dads book was published, I was in London being interviewed on B.B.C Radio London by Robert Elms. Robert and me had a great banter about Pearlies, Hopping and old London - thanks Robert interesting to hear about your family being Costers and your London roots.

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Alf Dole RIP

Alf Dole RIP

 Alf Dole, Pearly King of St Pancras

Alf Dole, Pearly King of St Pancras

It is with great sadness to say that Alf Dole, Pearly King of St Pancras, passed away on Monday 13th May 2013.  In recent years Alf became an icon in Greenwich every Sunday with his Pearly cab, raising fun and funds for his charity great Ormond Street Childrens hospital. Alf was a people person and cared deeply about those less well off than him. He was at his happiest singing the old songs and playing his spoons (one of his nicknames was 'Alfie Spoon') which certainly raised spirits and put smiles on others faces.

Alf's grandson Lee has taken up his Grandad's mantle, and is now the fifth generation of the family to take the throne - Lee's great great grandad, George Dole, being the first pearly King of St Pancras back in the 1890s.

 Lee the new Pearly King of St Pancras

Lee the new Pearly King of St Pancras

Lee is now taking the tradition into a whole new field - as the only Pearly Pro Golfer on the UK and European professional golf circuit and is looking to link up with some corporate sponsors to help raise fun and funds.

Alf at Greenwich

Alf at Greenwich

Video of Alf Dole, former Pearly King of St Pancras doing his weekly collecting with the original pearly cab in Greenwich, London. 

Alf 'n Dave 'n Boris

Alf 'n Dave 'n Boris

Alf gets to have a rabbit with his china's, Boris and Dave at Leadenhall Market in London during the 2010 elections. The Mayor of London and our future PM both listened closely to Alf's Pearly wisdom on matters of state.  The showing of the three of them on the popular TV show 'Mock the Week' below gives some great one-liners whilst Alf is little disappointed that his advice is given a slightly different spin!

Why not come along to see Alf at Greenwich Market (he's there most Sunday mornings) and he can tell you what really passed between  between him and  these two wily old Costermongers of State!

For definitions please see the Cockney Rhyming Slang Glossary.

 Alf with Boris in Leadenhall Market, City of London

Alf with Boris in Leadenhall Market, City of London