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THE LTFUC SUPPORT THE PEARLY KINGS & QUEENS

ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

 

The London Taxidrivers' Fund for Underprivileged Children had the pleasure of being invited once again to attend the traditional annual London Pearly Kings and Queens Costermongers' (18th Anniversary) Harvest Festival Parade held on Sunday 25th September, 2016 at the Guildhall and I went along with the Fund's Honorary Secretary Malcolm Shaffron and our wives Maureen and Evelyn to witness this colourful, traditional and spectacular event.

 

 

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Scores of Pearly Kings & Queens from all corners of London had gathered for this festival, more than 130 years on from when road sweeper Henry Croft covered his finest 'whistle and flute' (suit) in shiny white buttons in aid of the City's poor, with the modern day Pearlies continuing his mission and doing such great charity work.  

 

 

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It was a warm and sunny day for September and the crowds were out in abundance enjoying the brilliant traditional entertainment in the Guildhall Yard.  When this finished, we then joined the very long procession lead by the Pearlies, Chelsea Pensioners and many Mayors through the streets of London to attend St. Mary-le-Bow Church, where the pealing of the Cockney Bow Bells welcomed the congregation for a thanksgiving service which we were pleased to attend, though I thought the roof would come off when my wife joined in with "All Things Bright and Beautiful"!!! Many tourists and onlookers lined the City streets waving, taking photos and cheering the parade along, which was a great moment to experience.

 

 

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Once again our congratulations must go to Mrs Doreen Golding, Pearly Queen of Bow Bells and of the Old Kent Road (Freeman of the City of London) for organising such a brilliant event.  

 

 

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May I take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful Pearlies for continuing to help and support our charity and all the many charities in London and the Greater London area.

 

 

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Raymond Levy

(Press Officer)