Search

London’s cockney Pearly kings and queens set for a May 6 ‘coronation’

07:00 13 April 2012

Descendants of one of the original London Pearly families, the Hitchens, are being ‘crowned’ as the next generation of Pearly kings and queens in the East End’s favourite cockney tradition.

The ‘coronation’ takes place on May 6 in ‘the Pearly church’ of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, the largest event of its kind in 100 years.

The blessing is followed by a good old cockney knees-up with music from The Barrow Boys staged at Bethnal Green’s Carpenter’s Arms, a classic East End boozer, to welcome family and friends of the new ‘royalty’.

Their chosen manor stretches from the City of London at Aldgate, out to Mile End and the Bow Bridge.

London has 28 families who constituted the original Pearly kings and queens, one in each of the former Metropolitan boroughs that now make up today’s Inner London—the titles are inherited.

Pearly kings and queens wear their iconic suits hand-sewn with hundreds of pearl buttons which are worn to raise money for charity, following the footsteps of their founder Henry Croft, an East End costermonger born 150 years ago who spent a lifetime helping the poor.

Croft was raised in a Victorian workhouse orphanage in St Pancras who began work at 13 in the street markets among costermongers, or apple sellers, and became fascinated by their ‘flash boy’ suits decorated with penny-sized pearl buttons.

It led to the famous tradition of London’s Pearly kings and queens who are out in force on May 6 for the ‘cockney coronation.’

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 14:25

A councillor admitted housing fraud in the once-troubled Tower Hamlets council in London’s East End when he appeared in court on yesterday.

Yesterday, 00:47

Chamber concerts were performed at one of London’s weirdest places—deep in one of the two bascule chambers of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Mon, 18:11

West Ham fans wearing team colours have been banned from drinking after matches at the Crate Brewery, situated across the Lee Navigation canal from the Hammers’ new London Stadium.

Mon, 15:29

Britain’s only singer-songwriter festival returns to London’s East End for its third year next Sunday with hours of original live music.

Mon, 15:20

Friends of a man who was allegedly murdered in Poplar have set up a online fundraiser to have his body flown back to his native Czech Republic.

Mon, 12:00

The parents of a little boy who needed lifesaving treatment just hours after birth are appealing for support for fundraising Pyjama party events next month.

Mon, 07:00

A “fun palace” opens for children at the Half Moon education theatre in London’s East End this coming Saturday to help promote ‘sustainable energy’ to Britain’s next generation.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Detectives have charged a man with the murder of Zdenek Makar in London’s East End, Scotland Yard confirmed today.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now