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Fun run kicks off Poppy fundraiser

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26 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch

David Dale hopes to smash last year’s figure of £22,000 raised

POPPY season is well and truly here and a fun run tomorrow (Saturday, October 28) in Finsbury Park will launch the borough’s fundraising campaign to support war veterans. More than 700 participants are expected to run two and a half laps of the park to complete the 10 kilometres. The fundraising train will then move to the Angel shopping centre near its namesake Angel station, where MP Emily Thornberry alongside the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Una O’Halloran, will work together to exchange poppies for coins. Last year, dedicated Poppy fundraiser and organiser David Dale helped raise £22,000 in three weeks – but he is hoping to smash that figure this year.
“I say, ‘enjoy it’ to the runners, and the mayor will be there to see you off – I’m looking forward to it, and I want to say a real thank you to the businesses, schools and residents of Islington for raising so much money,” he said. Former Merchant Navy man and army chef David, from Newington Green, has been a driving force of the poppy appeal in Islington for the past five years.

What Cloudesley has done for us

Islington guide Susan Hahn and Holy Trinity School, opened in 1830 on land leased from Cloudesley charity trustees

ISLINGTON’S patron saint of sorts, Richard Cloudesley, died 500 years ago this year. To mark his death, the Cloudesley charity is running a series of events to highlight what the man has done over the centuries for the borough’s residents with the land he donated. When he died in 1517, the Tudor yeoman donated his 14 acres, known as the Stony Fields – around where Cloudesley Square is today – to St Mary’s Church. Today, the charity supports the borough’s most vulnerable residents by providing grants to those with health problems and supporting Church of England churches.
Tomorrow (Saturday October 28), as well as on November 4, Clerkenwell and Islington guide Susan Hahn will be taking those interested in the yeoman’s life on a free tour.
“The walk starts at St Mary’s, where Richard Cloudesley’s tomb is and where his ghost was said to make the earth shake! The story reveals elegant Georgian architecture and the residents of those houses, local politics, disputes and battles involving local government, engaged citizens, residents and landlords. Walk the streets that cover the Stony Fields and see the extraordinary changes that have taken place in Islington and Barnsbury over the past 500 years through the lens of Richard Cloudesley’s bequest,” said Susan.
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No skull shortage at goth market

Henry Scragg makes no bones about selling skulls at the market at the back of Archway Tavern

THERE were comic books, pentagram pendants and real human skulls at the flea market for goths in Archway. The upstairs of club Kolis, formerly Lounge666, located to the back of the Archway Tavern, was transformed from a dark venue into an even darker one on Sunday. Sellers from throughout the country flogged their satanic goods while tarot readers and crystal healers read people’s futures and cast positive spells. Real human skulls cost around £100 for the cheapest while a mummified cat – too gruesome to share a photo of here – cost much more.
The seller of the macabre oddities, Henry Scragg from Essex, clutched a bemused-looking taxidermy fox throughout the day. “I sell at alternative boot fairs and my creations cost around £150, they’re mostly made out of foam and LED lights,” said artist Simon, also known as Bat Fastard from Elephant and Castle.
The whole market was entertained by music from a violinist, keyboardist and, of course, a theremin player – the spookiest of instruments. To find out more about future flea markets go to:


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