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Wapping celebrates at the 9th July Summer Shindig

Wapping celebrates at the 9th July Summer Shindig

Our community made local history, celebrating the first ever Wapping Summer Shindig on Saturday 9th July.

Hundreds of residents gathered on Wapping Green and showed that Wapping knows how to party and really does have talent.

“I’ve lived here for 25 years and have never seen so many local people of all ages gather together … everyone is having such a good time and the atmosphere is amazing. Absolutely incredible!” declared one resident.

A Wapping day to remember

Diddley Dee folk group were the surprise highlight of the Shindig and quickly taught men, women and children to jig the ‘Cumberland Wheel’, the ‘V-David’ and ‘Strip the Willow’ creating a fiesta party atmosphere with their talented musicians.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in the UK before, let alone in Wapping” said resident Peter.

Wapping Summer Shindig

The day started at 10am with history walks from Hermitage Moorings, led by students from The Actor Works dressed as famous Wapping historical characters. The children’s costume parade followed with the winning prince and princess crowned by Shaun Austin, the Pearly King of Wapping.

Local food and stalls setup around the edge of Wapping Green and the Wapping Olympics and Wapping’s Got Talent took place in the afternoon as residents picnicked on the grass. We were also treated to an opening of the Thames Marine Police Museum, a treasure trove of river history.

Time flew and 8pm came around far too quickly with residents already asking “what about next year?”

Wapping History Walks

Certainly not your average history walk, when you spot Captain Cook standing proudly in the middle of Wapping High Street!

Captain Cook at Wapping Summer ShindigActor Works students dressed as famous historical characters popped up around Wapping, whilst others guided the walks starting at Hermitage Moorings and told tales from our local history.

Ghosts at the Wapping Summer Shindig

Children’s Parade crowned by the Pearly King of Wapping

Wapping Rose Garden was filled with young pirates and Wapping characters who paraded their colourful and creative costumes in the sunshine.

Children's Parade at Wapping Summer ShindigAmmar Khan and Imania Comley were crowned the winning prince and princess by Sean Austin, the Pearly King of Wapping who then led the entire Children’s Parade down to Wapping Green.

Wapping Olympics

The London 2012 Olympics came a year early at the Wapping Green track with our own new Olympic events.

Wapping OlympicsYoung residents competed in age groups in the beanbag and egg and spoon races, followed by an adults tug of war event.

Wapping’s Got Talent

We always knew that Wapping had talent so it was wonderful to see and hear it shown off on the giant stage with acts of all ages appearing.

Wapping's Got Talent WinnerLily Kramer, the young winner of Wapping’s Got Talent shared her breathtaking voice singing Paloma Faith’s ‘Upside Down’ and we’re taking bets she’ll be a Wapping superstar in the future if she wants to.

Music Night

Diddley Dee took to the stage bringing us a Wapping finale of music and folk dancing.

Diddley Dee folk groupJo Cox did an brilliant job leading the band and Wapping dancing, telling us afterwards “Seeing hundreds of people dancing a jig in the summer sun on Wapping Green was wonderful. Bring on next year’s Shindig!”

Wapping Summer Shindig Jigging

Photos and more about the Wapping Summer Shindig

Hundreds of photographs were taken yesterday and we’ll be speaking to the Turks Head next week to figure out the best way to share them. We’ll let you know soon with further posts on the Shindig events of 9th July.

We’ve started uploading our photos to Flickr and have setup a Wapping Summer Shindig 2011 group pool on Flickr where you can share and view the Shindig pictures straight away.

Join and add photos to the Wapping Summer Shindig 2011 group pool.

Lost Property?

If you’ve lost a pair of sunglasses, please contact the Turks Head Cafe with your details.

Thank you Wapping

A massive thank you on behalf of Wapping to the Turks Head for their hard work organising the Summer Shindig and all the Wapping locals and visitors who helped to create an unforgettable celebration of the Wapping community.

More pictures and features from the Wapping Summer Shindig soon, but 9th July 2011 has already become a day to remember.

So…what do you think about next year?


  • Carol Wyatt

    Nothing like this happened when i lived in Wapping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.baynes Mark Baynes

    Fantastic event which showed how strong a community Wapping really is! Highlight for me was the History Tour enactments by the Actorworks and the Diddly Dees! Well done to everyone involved in the organisation of this. 

  • Kerstyn

    What a fantastic event. THANK YOU to everyone who made it happen. 

  • Patti

    Well done to Lily Kramer. What a performance for a young girl. A true talent in the making.

  • Chris Hill

    The wife and i spent several hours in Wapping Saturday to take in the Shindig but had to leave at three do to work, but it was great to see the local people coming together and having fun. Mum got some great homemade cakes from a stall which went down well with a cuppa and the strawberries and cream from the Waitrose stall were smashing. I hope it can be repeated next year and i’ll make sure i can spend more time there. Chris Hill (Wapping born and bred)