James Bowen and Street Cat Bob will always hold a special place in the hearts of Barons Court Project, Hammersmith and Fulham’s only day centre and they have been very good friends to us.
Just over three years ago we held an event, An Evening with James and Street Cat Bob, at Hammersmith and Fulham Town Hall. We had never done an event before, but we managed to get the use of the hall for free and planned, what we hoped, would be a fantastic evening. We were not sure if anyone would come but once tickets went on sale they went like hot cakes!
On a hot June night as we got to the town hall to set up, several hours before the event, we met a fan who was first in the queue; she had travelled from Boston, USA. As it got nearer to the time to open the doors I was staggered to see the queues from the doors across a courtyard and snaking down the high street. By the time the guests were seated we had people who had travelled from across the UK, thirteen European countries, Japan, New York, Chicago, California and even Argentina. In amongst the 550 people were about 30 of our regular guests, most of whom were sleeping rough, it was so good they were able to come to and hear James’ story.