not only since I moved out here,
a Pearly family was created in each of the London boroughs, succession is inherited, so 150 years after the birth of their founder, a new generation of Pearly Kings and Queens has been crowned,
the so-called Pearly Princes and Princesses, described by their association as 'the biggest pearly crowning for 137 years', nine members of Pearly royalty were crowned and blessed yesterday afternoon, but as well as the Pearly Kings and Queens of popular imagination, many of those who joined the gathering at the Carpenters Arms pub in the East of London were youngsters, so hopefully the charitable tradition will continue, if you want to be sure to see a Pearlie traditionally they have an annual gathering for Harvest Festival on the first Sunday in October at St Martin in the Fields in central London, collecting on the church steps for its upkeep, a real family tradition,
part of the Pearly Kings and Queens culture was the introduction of rhyming slang, the origin of the word SLANG is made from Secret language,
example: 'I am off for a ball & chalk down the Frog & Toad to the rub a dub dub for a pint of pig's with me old trouble to have a sing song round the old Joanna,' to translate it look here, there are of course many more, east to west (chest) north and south (mouth), all used to confuse the police force so that when in custody cockneys could talk with out the authorities knowing what was being said, great fun! as an aside I have heard mention that in the Second World War some prison camps were more lenient to inmates if they were married, so as each prisoner was dismissed he told the next one through the door to have a 'trouble and strife' (wife), the guards never cottoned on.