The Pearly Kings And Queens Of London, Now Dwindling And Quarreling

“They are groups of mainly aged ‘Cockney’ Londoners who sew mother-of-pearl buttons on their clothes in lavish designs and sing sentimental pub songs. Begun in the 1870s by an orphan London street sweeper, the Pearlies are mostly known for raising money for charity. But all is not well in their world.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal 07/21/11