Free community fair will honour 1920s horse-racing tipster who worked on East Street

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A free event in Walworth will pay tribute to a renowned racing tipster, who famously said “I gotta horse” and made a name for himself along East Street in the 1920s.

On Saturday, September 9, the whole of Pasley Park will be transformed with a free community fete for all the family.

This year the event is themed around Prince Monolulu.

Ras Prince Monolulu (26 October 1881 – 14 February 1965), was a horse-racing tipster – someone who gave information about the likely winner of the race to people, in exchange for money – on East Street Market in Walworth and Petticoat Lane in East London.

He has been described as ‘something of an institution’ on the British racing scene from the 1920s until the time of his death.

Pasley Park Festival 2023 is a free community celebration.

He was particularly noticeable for his brightly coloured clothing; as a tipster, one of his best-known phrases was the cry “I gotta horse!”, which was subsequently the title of his memoirs.

Not only this, Monolulu was one of the first black people to appear on British television. He went on to become an international celebrity.

The free community fair will feature a play about him and his extraordinary legacy to Britain.

Other activities include the famous dog show, performances, face painting and arts and crafts. There will also be a food market.

This festival is a great way for the local community to come together via its history and future. If you would like to have a stall or volunteer on the day, can you contact John Whelan at

When? Saturday, September 9 from 12-5 pm

Where? Pasley Park, 39 Chapter Rd, SE17 3ES

Admission: Free

The famous dog show will take place from 1:15 – 2:15 pm.

The Friends of Pasley Park and Southwark Kaleidoscope have joined forces to present this event and have received funding from Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund and Festival Fund, North Southwark Environmental Trust, Notting Hill Genesis and St Saviour’s Charity.


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