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Firefighters are honoured by Town Hall

23 March, 2018 — By Mahmoud Shukri

THE Town Hall has awarded the highest honour a council can bestow, the Freedom of the Borough, to Islington’s fire officers and firefighters.

Fire crews from Islington and Holloway fire stations, pictured above, were celebrated last Thursday at the Town Hall for their daily dedication and commitment to the borough and their response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year.

Gary Squires, Islington Borough Commander, said: “It is a true honour that the Islington borough team of firefighters were given this award.”

The honour was also bestowed on the Pearly King and Prince of Finsbury, John and Darren Walters, for their work raising thousands of pounds for charity over 13 years.

Artur Ahmati was given the Ben Kinsella Award 2018. He came alone to the UK from Albania in July 2017, and has made a contribution to the Children’s Active Involvement Service, improving the care system for children and young people.

Three residents were also given the Mayor’s Civic Award: Linda Brown, a board member of the Mildmay Community Partnership and volunteer chair of South Mildmay Tenants Cooperative; Kathy Green, a customer representative at Archway Leisure Centre, who works unpaid to improve the facilities and benefit the local people who use the centre; and Rosey Lyall, a founder of The Garden Classroom in Newington Green.

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