Back in London

In September 2016 we leave Singapore and come back to Europe, and our house in London is newly rebuilt too.  In June Vicky remembers the lovely memorial for Louise five years’ earlier on mid-summer’s day and we see a great turnout at the bench and then later at home.

Chuck and Clare at the bench

Chuck and Clare at the bench

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Vicky’s sister Bonnie (above with Tommy) is also in town so there is a big family turnout as well as friends young and old.

Later in the year Vicky meets up with Tim Arnold at the Roundhouse and makes a visit to Louise’s bench where they find a touching message from some local big issue sellers…

Tim and Vicky at the Bench in December

Tim and Vicky at the Bench in December

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Louise’s friends are growing up with marriages and babies.  On her Birthday Vicky organises another get together in Camden and there is a fine turnout including Rainbow’s (Claire) baby – ‘Bow’.

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Dot with little Bow, Vicky and Loulou

More babies in February as Vicky’s brother Sasha comes to stay with us in Switzerland with his two year old, Milo, and partner Mel.  A very cute little cousin for Louise.

Vicky with Sasha, Milo and Mel

Vicky with Sasha, Milo and Mel

Finally on the 6th anniversary of Louise’s death on 2 March, friend Zac organises a great evening in Nambucca, Holloway, where we get another good turnout to listen to Darling BOY, Portland (pka Five Working Days) and the Scarletina.  Earlier in the day Vicky meets up with Kylie and Bex who can’t make it later.

Kylie, Loulou and Bex at the bench

Kylie, Loulou and Bex at the bench

Many thanks to Zac for organising everything and all the bands and DJs who helped the evening, as well as Darling BOY who stood in for Tim Arnold and sang “Little London Lou”.

Zac with Dot and Elle

Zac with Dot and Elle

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Simon, Vicky, Tommy and Elle

Finally Vicky gave a short presentation to thank everyone for coming and for helping us to raise funds for Mentor (which has now merged with Angelus).

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