Rain doesn't dampen Bethnal Green's first cockney seaside beano
- Credit: Belinda Harman
Even drizzling rain couldn’t spoil the cockney beano day at the seaside arranged by Belinda Harman for her neighbours in Bethnal Green.
Her aim on the day trip to Margate was to reconnect families around Columbia Road after 18 months of isolation during the pandemic.
Now she wants to run beanos every summer — just like East Enders enjoyed in past decades.
However, Belinda was just a little disappointed with the weather and Margate's Dreamland amusement palace shutting early.
“Unfortunately Dreamland closed at 3pm because of a Billy Ocean concert,” the 59-year-old filmmaker said. “But there was lots to do, swings and bouncy castles on the seafront, despite the rain.
“Some of us had lunch in Charlie’s seaside cafe. My neighbour John Cotter in a wheelchair was happy to get out of London. One mum said she and her children had never actually seen the sea before.”
That made the “positive community-building exercise” worthwhile, she said, with the coach hire paid for by Tower Hamlets Homes.
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Belinda plans to make it an annual beano for Columbia Road if she can source funding.