After only 6 days, the ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ Rainbow Plaque has reached it’s target of £2500.

The campaign was launched on Monday June 28th via the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum’s twitter account and was met with huge support from people across the LGBTQ+ Community as well as the arts and local residents. 

A total of 78 people donated to the campaign in record time and even made £10 more than the amount needed. However, £92.50 of the total was taken up by, previously uncalculated, Just Giving fees but the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum have kindly donated that amount back into the fund. 

With the money for the building costs now reached, the Plaque is now ready to go into production and is hoped to be ready in 5 weeks’ time.

On Saturday July 24th, there will be a screening of the film at Clapham Picturehouse hosted by ‘Out at Clapham’. £2 of the ticket price will go to the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum in support of the campaign and the costs for the Plaques launch event. 

Tickets can be purchased here

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the films cast and production team including the writer of My Beautiful Launderette, Hanif Kureishi who had this to say about the campaign,  

“Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Launderette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LBGTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times” 

Details of the launch event are yet to be announced but it is expected that Hanif will be joined by Gordon Warneke (who played Omar) and Stephen Frears (Director) to unveil the plaque on Wilcox Road alongside the leader of Lambeth Council, Claire Holland. 

People who donated to the campaign will be invited along to the launch and are asked to register via email on WandsworthLGBT@hotmail.co.uk

Laura Harford (Curator – Studio Voltaire) said 

“We are absolutely thrilled that we have reached the fundraising target for the Rainbow Plaque in such a short space of time! It is testament to the power of this landmark film that means so much to so many people. We are excited to now be installing the permanent plaque on Wilcox Road to honour this important history.” Laura Harford, Studio Voltaire

David Robson (Chair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum) said 

“It’s been a long process to deliver this campaign but to see the reaction from such a broad spectrum of the community makes it so worth it. The rainbow plaque scheme has such huge potential to bring together every strand of our rainbow in celebration of our shared, and largely invisible, history.”