The residents spent an evening dressing up as members of the
charitable organisation, founded in the 19th century by Henry
Croft. He was a street sweeper who collected money for charity, and
sewed pearl buttons onto his suit to draw attention to himself and
help with his fundraising.
Activity Co-ordinator Gill Crosswell said many of the guests had
made their own costumes. "Many of us dressed for the occasion
lovingly sewing buttons on to our costumes. We even made
stick on buttons which saved a lot of time and looked
After everyone had heard about the history of the Pearly Kings
and Queens, staff members Maggie and Karen cooked a traditional
London meal of pie and mash for the residents, and the night was
finished with some musical entertainment.
Gill said that everyone had a very merry evening. "With plenty
of alcohol, seafood and flag waving, the whole event was quite a
night to remember!"
Picture: Residents enjoyed dressing up!
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