Great Dunmow retirees donned their best buttoned outfits and Union Jack flags for a Pearly King and Queen event.

The Pearly tradition, which has become a symbol of London's working class, was started by a Victorian street sweeper who decided to add pearly buttons to his clothes in the 1870s.

Dunmow Broadcast: Guests enjoyed Cockney-inspired pie and mashGuests enjoyed Cockney-inspired pie and mash (Image: McCann)


Guests gathered at McCarthy Stone's Stane House retirement living development on Friday, October 27 to catch sight of the Pearly King and Queen and enjoy a Cockney-inspired spread of pie and mash.

Sam Watkins, divisional sales director at McCarthy Stone, said: "Our Pearly King and Queen Event was a fantastic opportunity to bring local retirees together and for them to experience the diverse and welcoming community that sits at the heart of Stane House."