Wanted! Your skill in Cockney Rhyming Slang

Anne Clement, a student at University of Westminster, is organising a Cockney Rhyming Slang Quiz in aid of the Whitechapel Mission charity on Saturday 14 June from 2-3.30pm outside in Gladstone Place in the Roman Road Market E3.  She writes:


I am looking for an East Ender with a good line of Cockney patter who can talk to punters in the market about Cockney rhyming slang and find out what phrases they know.  We will be filming this with a video camera.  The idea is to ‘ave a giraffe’!  So if you know anyone who is free on Saturday 14 June from around 2pm for an hour or two that would be great.


I am a part time student at the University of Westminster doing a BA in Photography and this is part of my module.  My aim is:


–     to find out how well local East Enders know their Cockney rhyming slang.  We will be handing out quiz flyers to willing participants to fill in and hand to us. The flyers will show around 10 photographic images.  The contestants will have to identify which piece of rhyming slang each image refers to.



–      Photographs/images from the quiz will be on show in an exhibition in the foyer of Bow Idea Store



–      A winner will be announced at 3.30pm and there will be a few small prizes donated by local businesses.


My aim is to arouse interest in Cockney rhyming slang which is in danger of disappearing.  And simply to ‘ave a giraffe’ and bring a bit of laughter to the Roman Road area.


We also hope to raise money for the Whitechapel Mission, a charity that helps the homeless in the East End.  So we will have collecting boxes.


If you can help please contact

Anne Clements
And see you on the Roman on Saturday 14th June



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