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It is with great sadness to say that Alf Dole, Pearly King of St Pancras, passed away on Monday 13th May 2013. In recent years Alf became an icon in Greenwich every Sunday with his Pearly cab, raising fun and funds for his charity great Ormond Street Childrens hospital.
Alf was a people person and cared deeply about those less well off than him. He was at his happiest singing the old songs and playing his spoons (one of his nicknames was ‘Alfie Spoon’) which certainly raised spirits and put smiles on others faces.
Alf’s grandson Lee has taken up his Grandad’s mantle, and is now the fifth generation of the family to take the throne – Lee’s great great grandad, George Dole, being the first pearly King of St Pancras back in the 1890s.
Lee is now taking the tradition into a whole new field – as the only Pearly Pro Golfer on the UK and European professional golf circuit and is looking to link up with some corporate sponsors to help raise fun and funds.
See Alf at Greenwich every Sunday, starting in the park at 11am then moving on to the Cutty Sark and then on the Greenwich Market.
Alf gets to have a rabbit with his china’s, Boris and Dave at Leadenhall Market in London during the 2010 elections.
The Mayor of London and our future PM both listened closely to Alf’s Pearly wisdom on matters of state. The showing of the three of them on the popular TV show ‘Mock the Week’ below gives some great one-liners whilst Alf is little disappointed that his advice is given a slightly different spin!
Why not come along to see Alf at Greenwich Market (he’s there most Sunday mornings) and he can tell you what really passed between between him and these two wily old Costermongers of State!
For definitions please see the Cockney Rhyming Slang Glossary.