Hackney’s Dwayne Fields celebrates Diamond Jubilee on top Ben Nevis

For Queen and country. Dwayne Fields on top of the world


There wasn’t any pub crawling in Hackney for Dwayne Fields this holiday weekend, nor could he be found on the banks of the Thames, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

Instead, along with climbing partner campaigner and prolific fund raiser, Lee Ferrigon, Dwayne paid his own tribute to the Queen a top Ben Nevis on Saturday.

“Being on top of Ben Nevis to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is nothing like the journey the Queen has  over the years,” said the Stoke Newington based explorer and adventurer on his decent from the mountain.

The climb took 3 hours 20 minutes to make and although he planned on a barbeque and brought along his kit, they arrived a little to late in the day to light up.

Dwayne is the first British black man to go to the North Pole  He will be venturing to the South Pole later this year and thought about how he could celebrate this momentous year for the Queen and decided to go to the highest point in the British Isles.

In December 2012, he met the Queen when along with other Polar explorers, adventurers, and achievers he was invited to a  royal reception at Buckingham Palace, to mark the centenary of  Scott’s 100th year anniversary of his expedition to the South Pole.

“It will not get any easier,” The Queen told Dwayne after he informed her he was going to the South Pole this year.   He added  “She is an amazing woman!”

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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