Hero priest’s get-together for local people where Hackney riot raged only days before

A DRAMATIC attempt at reconciliation is being made after the Hackney riots. Clarence Road in Clapton is to be closed for several hours tomorrow for an afternoon of tea and cakes for local people, including looters.

The Revd Rob Wickham, the rector who helped to save an injured woman from violent rampagers at the height of the riot that started in the ground of his church, St-John-at-Hackney, is taking a leading part in the healing event.

Father Rob promised there would be no speeches — just tea and cakes donated by the Marks and Spencer store near by at 351 Mare Street, E8 1JB.

“I’ve never made tea for 400 or so people before,” Father Rob said. The community, including those members of it on the Pembury Estate that borders Clarence Road, had to get together.

David Altheer 140811

* Picture shows the event on the day.

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