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12 August 2011
Togetherness and pride in the local area will be the toast of the day when `operation cup of tea' comes to the boil on Portobello Road on Friday 12 August. Residents, market stallholders, business owners and workers will be joined by local politicians and council officers to share a cuppa throughout the day at a market stall on site 76, near Talbot Road, on the world famous Portobello Road.The event will send out a signal that the local community is united in condemning the acts of criminality seen across London and other parts of the country in recent days.The local Hummingbird Bakery is supplying staff to help on the stall along with paper cups and dozens of loaf cakes. West London-based Teapigs will be on hand to serve their whole leaf teas. Other local independent businesses and market stallholders are chipping in to provide tea, cakes, biscuits, decorations, and other supplies. Volunteers are welcome and can come along on the day or contact Kirsty.Palmer@voluntarywork.org.uk.Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: "We have seen some terrible things during the recent riots. But we have also seen how communities unite to clean-up their streets and send out a message that they will not tolerate such lawlessness. And what better way to come together to reflect on what has happened, and to show that our community is united and open for business, than by sharing a cup of tea and a biscuit."
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