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You can now sing along to the Whitechapel fatberg's own Christmas carol

PUBLISHED: 07:05 13 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 19 December 2018

Piece of East London's social history... 
Katie Balcombe looks at remnant of Whitechapel fatberg at Museum of London. Picture: David Parry/PA

Piece of East London's social history... Katie Balcombe looks at remnant of Whitechapel fatberg at Museum of London. Picture: David Parry/PA

David Parry

The monster fatberg which achieved worldwide notoriety when it was discovered in the sewers under Whitechapel has now been immortalised with its own Christmas carol.

Record 800ft-long fatberg discovered lurking in sewer under the Whitechapel Road. Picture: Thames WaterRecord 800ft-long fatberg discovered lurking in sewer under the Whitechapel Road. Picture: Thames Water

The 800ft-long lump of solid wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil was one of the largest ever discovered when sewer maintenance workers stumbled upon it last year deep beneath the Whitechapel Road.

It weighed 130 tonnes, the same as 11 London double-decker buses, and was long enough to wrap around the hallowed pitch at Wembley.

This dubious pride of east London has now moved into the festive season with its own adapted carol, Twelve Days of Fatberg (to the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas). Check out the video link below...

Fatberg may have created a stink, metaphorically speaking, when it totally blocked up Whitechapel’s main sewer.

But this was a moment in the East End’s social history, created by households and businesses discarding rubbish and fat that the Victorian sewers were never designed to cope with.

It took three weeks for Thames Water engineers to finally bust Fatberg and cart it off out of harm’s way.

Thames Water engineers took a week to dislodge Whitechapel fatberg in September 2017. Picture: Thames WaterThames Water engineers took a week to dislodge Whitechapel fatberg in September 2017. Picture: Thames Water

The last remaining piece, however, went to the Museum of London in February, using ‘groundbreaking’ conservation processes to make it possible for the live object d’art to go on public show. It ‘sweated’ while on display, hatching flies and growing mould!

But the stinky relic attracted interest around the world, hitting the headlines across Europe, in the US, Mexico, China, Japan, Russia and Australia.

It drew 70,000 visitors to the museum in February alone. People flocked to gawp at the sweating monster, inspiring a comic strip, stage musical, pop band and a little boy who asked his mum to bake him a ‘monster fatberg’ cake for his 10th birthday.

Christmas Fatberg: Christmas Fatberg: "So this is east London... but do they know I'm coming?" Artwork: Nathan Wright

This iconic piece of lavatory luggage is now in the museum’s permanent collection at its London Wall complex near The Barbican.

It can also be viewed online 24/7 on the FatCam livestream that has so far had 90,000 hits worldwide.

But it carries a seasonal reminder from Thames Water not to flush wet wipes down the loo or the fat from the Christmas turkey down the sink—they want you to bin it, not block it!

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