The 100-year birthday of Edith Piaf, the late French actress and singer who was the belle of her age – and perhaps best known for penning the song ‘je ne regrette rien’ – was celebrated by members and volunteers of the Primrose Hill Neighbours befriending scheme and residents of the Oldfield Estate and last month.
The celebration was lovely and very moving. One of its highlights was a documentary which described Piaf’s chance discovery and how her singing brought her off the streets and away from a life of turmoil. She died tragically early in 1963.
This cultural event was put on at a sheltered housing estate in Primrose Hill where locals were joined by the Mayor of Camden who sat down with everyone for an afternoon of live music and singing in appreciation of Piaf’s fabulous voice. All then enjoyed some delicious homemade French Onion soup and a glass of wine – as a glass was raised in memory of Edith: ‘The Little Sparrow’ as she was affectionately known.
A big thank you to all who came and joined in or helped out, but especially to Primrose Hill Neighbours Help volunteers Myra and Kay for organising and catering such a wonderful event.