Pearly King Jim wrote a comment under the Old photo of the York post. He claims to be the King of Bermondsey – not sure about that, though, I’d need to know more about his lineage! He sings as part of the The Barrow Boys duo and figures on various websites here, here and here. After only a brief inspection, I noticed that the last website has a page on hopping (hop-picking) in Kent, which I mentioned in an early post. Well worth perusing.
For the uninitiated, check out the Wiki page on pearly kings and queens here. Growing up, they were a very colorful part of the cockney scene.