Michael Watson presents a young participant with a winners trophy at a Pedro Club tournament. The day was a great success with many locals turning up to support the event.
Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron and his wife Samantha talk to dancers during a visit to The Pedro Youth Club in Hackney, London, Friday April 2nd, 2010. Photo By Andrew Parsons.
The Queen presents James with a MBE
James Cook a local resident, a former British Super-Middleweight Champion, was alerted to the plight of the Pedro Club and set about organising a rescue programme, he formed a new management committee, and due to their arduous efforts the club reopened in 2003.
‘The Secret Millionaire’ Ben Way
In 2006 Ben Way left his millionaire lifestyle to take part in the launch of Channel 4’s ‘The Secret Millionaire’ programme. Ben travelled to Hackney, one of the most deprived areas of London – notorious for gun culture and violent crimes for 10 days.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor – Pedro club patron
The Pedro Club was established in 1929 by Baroness Harwood and was revived in the 1960’s with the support of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who is still one of the clubs patron up until her death in March 2011.