Malcolm Hardee: Wibbley Wobbley RIP

The Wibbley Wobbley in its original berth at Greenland Dock in February 2014

The Wibbley Wobbley in its original berth at Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe, in February 2014

A few weeks ago, I posted a couple of blogs about the late comedian Malcolm Hardee’s floating pub/venue The Wibbley Wobbley being removed from Greenland Dock to South Dock Marina in Rotherhithe and then, on 14th December, being taken away from there to be scrapped.

To round off this sad story tale, coincidental confirmation came from comic Sinead Wheeler, who sent me a message saying:

“I had to get my own boat (my home!) rescued and towed up the River Medway on Wednesday 14th after it sank in mid-October.

Malcolm Hardee, man of the River Thames, had contacts (photograph by Vincent Lewis)

Malcolm Hardee on board the Wibbley Wobbley (Photograph by Vincent Lewis)

“The towing guy said he had come straight from being up all night on ‘the Wibbley Wobbley job’. I didn’t ask at the time as I was a bit distracted by seeing my boat and all its contents (books, clothes my best undies!!!, all my food cupboard contents etc) covered in stinking mud and full of dead fish… but I texted him later.

“His answer was basically: Yes, it’s gone.

“It is gutting that it wasn’t saved, but boats are total twats to look after and never make things easy. The PLA / Southwark Council / CRT or whoever no doubt could have done more or less but that’s how they roll. People on boats lose their homes every week.

“The Wibbley Wobbley was only a small part of what Malcolm did, thankfully anyway – he won’t be forgotten.”

(THERE IS AN UPDATE – WITH PHOTO – IN A LATER BLOG)

The Wibbley Wobbley tonight, in its new berth at South Dock Marina

The Wibbley Wobbley after being moved to its temporary berth at South Dock Marina in Rotherhithe

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3 responses to “Malcolm Hardee: Wibbley Wobbley RIP

  1. Charles Pamment

    Indeed. A boat is a boat. Malcolm is a legend. Rip wibbly wobbly. Bloody shame though John.

  2. Owen Morgan

    A sad end to a lovely vessel- I’dve loved to have had it as my home! What a rotten note to end 2016 on.

  3. Ven Malcolm vos running ze Comedy on ze Boat i suggested he got ze worst act of the Night to ‘Walk The Plank’ in to the Thames..we ver gonna organize it in ze New Year, unfortunately he did it himself vich vos quite ironic !

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