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Last journey for Tone, a true hero

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14 April, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Cortège honouring Tone Garizio, inset

A STREET fell silent on Thursday as a true hero of Highbury was laid to rest. Alfonso “Tone” Garizio had an extraordinary life – from surviving the brutal conditions working on the Burma Railway in the Second World War to cooking up spaghetti puttanesca for Sophia Lauren while working in a Soho restaurant. He was told he wouldn’t make it past 60 or have any children when returning after the war – but he lived to an incredible 97 and had two children. Tonia and Gill, and his wife Doris, were among those walking behind his coffin on the way to the funeral yesterday afternoon. Many more of his family, friends and neighbours joined. Tone was well known for his daily walk up to the corner shop to pick up his paper, no matter what the weather, and the cortège traced his journey in his honour before heading to Islington Crematorium in east Finchley for the service. Tone died on Saturday March 25 in hospital after a short illness.

Spring into Spring family bike ride

Graham Parks and passenger Gwyn on Saturday’s bike ride

SATURDAY April 8 provided a wonderful sight, not just due to the weather, but the sight of scores of cyclists – including plenty of little ones – riding from Highbury Fields to central London and back. Cycle Islington arranged the Spring into Spring family bike ride, with more than 60 people turning out on cargo bikes, little bikes, hybrid bikes and racing bikes – plus little dog Gwyn in the basket of ride leader Graham Parks. Riders joined the proposed Quietway 10 and down the new east/west cycle super­highway on the Embankment. They carried on alongside the river until Westminster Bridge before crossing over to the South Bank food market for a break and heading back via a slightly different route. The next ride will be a feeder ride to the FreeCycle event in central London on July 29. www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/

Youth event takes on knife crime

From left: Cllr Gary Heather, PC Peter Wilson, Ade Titilawo, PC Angus Marshall and PC Shane Grant and Excellentia Esh for the UCKG in Finsbury Park

KNIFE crime is a problem too many people are familiar with on Islington’s streets, and events like the one held at Finsbury Park’s UCKG Help Centre can go some way to help addressing the problem. Gary Heather, a councillor in the area, and Angus Marshall and Shane Grant, both Finsbury Park police officers, joined the event organised by the Victory Youth Group (VYG), which attracted more than 300 young people and parents.

The opening talk came from Peter Wilson, an officer from the Met’s Trident unit, who talked about the legal and physical impli­cations of carrying knives and guns. There followed a play by VYG members which tackled themes of drugs and weapons by following the stories of two families. Two VYG members then provided real life case studies, telling how they used to follow the gang lifestyle before changing to become responsible citizens. Finally, Youth Leader Ade Titilawo who leads the VYG nationally in the UK, urged the young people to make the right choices and not be led astray by their peers.

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