Pearly King and Queen Crowning Ceremony

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Pearly King and Queen Crowning Ceremony
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Croft, the original Pearly King, who embellished his trousers with pearl buttons to draw attention to his charity fund raising activities, and on Sunday the largest event of its kind in decades will see the crowning of a new generation of Pearly Kings and Queens. After a blessing at St Martin in the Fields, hundreds of friends, family members and followers, many wearing the iconic, button-covered suits, are expected to converge on the Carpenter’s Arms in the east end to take part in the knees-up with the new royalty. Don’t forget your camera.


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I would have to agree with disappointed. After making an effort to attend we were also told we could not come in. Don't think this should be advertised as a public event or something to do for may day as the organisers were not particularly friendly-not what I was expecting at all. I would imagine it goes against the true cockney spirit of doing things.

I went along to this as I have a strong interest in the history of the pearlies. Unfortunatly I was told, in no uncertain terms, that it was ticket only and I had no chance of getting in. Luckily there were a couple kings outside, but generally outsiders were not welcome to this event at all. I say outsiders as this is how we were made to feel