Battersea youth club celebrates 125th birthday

First published in Where I Live

Battersea teenagers celebrated 125 years of the Devas Club this week with some funky street dancing.

More than 200 parents and teenagers arrived at the youth club in Stormont Road to watch performances by different community groups.

The club was set up in 1884 by Jocelyn Devas as a “club for working lads” in a room over a coffee tavern in Stewarts Road, Battersea.

After his death in a climbing accident two years later, his father paid for the work to carry on.

Johnny Devas, relative of Jocelyn Devas and trustee committee member, said: “There has been a Devas Club in Battersea for well over a hundred years, and we are delighted that a recent renaissance at Devas means that it has become a thriving centre for the arts.”

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