The Peckham Peace Wall was established on the morning of Tuesday 9 August by members of the Peckham Shed theatre group on temporary hoardings protecting the broken windows of Poundland on Rye Lane, between the Card Factory – a greetings-cards shop – and the entrance to the Aylesham Centre, just across the road from a clothing store called – to the delight of tweeters – Loot. All available space was filled by Friday 12 August, when the hoardings were removed and put on display at Peckham Library. But Poundland professed itself so ‘touched by the community’s work’ that new boards were put over the windows and the Post-its began filling up again. Here are some of the messages that were up at 5 p.m. on Saturday 13 August.
I LIKE PECKHAM
☺ WE LOVE PECKHAM ☮
I ♥ PECKS
PECHKAN IS VERY NAICE
I LOVE PECHKON
LOVE PECKHAM from PARIS
French soutien à Peckham
There are messages in Cyrillic, Arabic, Turkish.
Bedzieny bronic Peckham ♥
I love MIX CULTURES OF PECKHAM.
Born and raised here and NOT LEAVING.
If you carry on your mum won’t be safe on the streets.
This madness must stop.
I ♥ PECKHAM
There are some religious and community leaflets too, and press cuttings, e.g. the Sun’s £50 Star Letter about Tariq Jahan: ‘Riot Victim Dad So Wise.’ Most flap loosely; some are laminated behind see-through plastic and sticky tape. Rosettes have been cut and stapled from plastic carrier bags: Morrisons; Tesco Metro; Lidl; the Sense charity shop; PC World; the generic corner-shop thin pale blue.
GREGGS DIDN’T DESERVE THIS!
I ♥ PECKHAM
Stop the sillyness. PLZ.
PS Don’t brake KFC!.
You might have a free PlayStation but we still have our pride!
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF THE CITY – JEREMIAH 29
Hear the Bible in a month. Email email@example.com
Peace comes from GOD.
I found this when I found God
in the UCKG in Peckham, 9.30am.
DON”T KILL MY SON
South Wales Police ♥ Peckham
Peckham is a shithole
this is because
the Fedz wallop
BRING BK NATIONAL SERVICE
Police and community support officers – some in body armour, some not – drop by in nervous gaggles. Many have Welsh accents: 54 officers, the BBC has reported, on loan from the Heddlu. They are chatty and solicitous – I remember this from the last time I was around the aftermath of a riot, in Brixton, 1995 – and people in general are tripping over themselves to be polite and friendly, which I remember from the last time too.
Looters are Loosers!
Thou Shalt Not Steal. Period
RIOTS WAS LABOUR’S FAULT
Peckham People are not BAD.
DEAL with the HOODRATS
We live in Peckham since a boy,
I never thought I would be piss off
with hour boys
You should be fucking ashamed.
Brixton riots poll tax riots was for a reason.
GET A GRIP
PLEASE EAT YOUR SWEAT
To my dad who worked the Peckham night bus in the 60s – this wall is awesome
You can buy a chilli at any time of day or night.
This wall made me happier.
– x Claire x
Peckham looked after me when my mum died.
Insurers, please keep premiums low
Peckham’s OK, you know!
We love Peckham. God loves Peckham.
Britain must love Peckham 100 per cent as well.
– Simon Hughes, MP
First place I’ve called HOME
this wall tells you why
COME SEE THIS!
Peckham more than meat and hair shops. One love.
Less GOD more EDUCATION
If you are short of love, get a dog.
COZ ITS A BIG PLACE
By Tuesday 16 August, when I cycled by on my way to the Post Office, these boards too had been moved to the library, and a third set was up and well under way.