The Merry Kempers sang!

MB624-KEMP-Carols-18100 Merry Kempers braved a chilly winter’s night on Saturday in a public and festive display of unity and common purpose. 

Our regal bandstand

With hot chocolate and mince pies to fend off the cold, they gathered around our regal bandstand. 

Canon Michael Ainsworth from St George-in-the East lead the proceedings with a poignant poem by U. A. Fanthorpe, “BC:AD”, and drew insightful comparisons with our fight against a huge corporate power. 

A beacon on a very dark night

Then as if by magic, the bandstand was full of light, and stood like a beacon on a very dark night.

Tower Hamlets Youth and Community Band, lead by Richard Martyn, played rousing renditions of everyone’s favourite carols as a united community sung by candlelight.

If there was ever a reason to save our park, tonight was it. 

A disgruntled community vowed to fight on and never lie down. 

Our message down the Thames

When the voices of our community rose up and echoed around a potentially doomed beauty spot, here’s hoping they travelled all the way to Thames Water HQ and they got our message loud and clear ‘Leave our park alone’.

For those of you who couldn’t make it here is the poem read by Canon Michael Ainsworth:


This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future’s
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.

This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.

This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.

And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.

(U.A. Fanthorpe born 1929)

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One Response to “The Merry Kempers sang!”

  1. On December 13, 2011 at 2:06 am Deb Scott responded with... #

    Lovely photos! i don’t believe it was cold- it makes me feel warm n fuzzy….

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