Parents use Wapping Shindig festival on hottest day of the year to raise funds for their new school library
PUBLISHED: 22:20 08 July 2018 | UPDATED: 22:20 08 July 2018
Children got their mums and dads out putting up a marquee on Wapping Green selling home-made samosas, sweet dumplings and hotdogs to raise money for a new school library.
It wasn’t easy, with the temperature officially recorded at Wapping Green at 34 degrees—that’s well into the 90s in ‘old money’.
The marquee was part of Wapping’s annual Shindig festival on the green where Hermitage Primary school was one of the groups taking part, to raise funds towards the last £8,000 needed for their library.
“We’re putting up three shipping containers and a small amphitheatre for outdoor activities,” school governor Martine Hall explained.
“We’ve raised £91,000 so far, using the Shindig festival to help towards our goal—we’re nearly there.”
But the main attraction was the big stage with performances by dance groups and schoolchildren, to the delight of the crowds.
The pub next to the green, Turner’s Old Star, actually ran out of draught beer due to the heat—despite staging a beer festival in the garden out back. It had a ‘lock out’ at one point due to safety concerns with so may desperately thirsty revellers crammed inside.
The Shindig is an annual fair held on Wapping Green by the Turk’s Head charity trust.
One of its trustees, Gerardine Davies, said: “Groups and charities use this event to raise their own funds and awareness—it’s a chance for people to meet other people.”
Turk’s Head was originally a tavern which became the centre of the Dockland neighbourhood in the Second World War and has been a mainstay of the community ever since.
Families raised funds to buy the premises when it was threatened with redevelopment 10 years ago and set up a trust to run it, ploughing profits back into community events like the Shindig on the green.