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Park reopens with the slide that brothers saved

06 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Mayor Una O’Halloran on the slide at Archway Park, reopened after £500,000 revamp

TWO brothers who fought to save the borough’s longest slide by taking their case to the Town Hall celebrated this weekend when their park was reopened – with their beloved slide intact.

Adam and Daniel Foxsmith were aged 10 and six when they spoke in Islington Council’s main chamber calling for the 15ft slide from the 1980s to be preserved during a £500,000 revamp of Archway Park.

Initial plans for the park, released three years ago when the boys started their campaign, did not include the slide.

“It looks a lot better than before and it was really fun to slide down it,” said campaigner Daniel, now 10, who was present at the reopening of the park on Saturday alongside Mayor of Islington Councillor Una O’Halloran.

Daniel Foxsmith on the slide he fought to save

Of the Town Hall meeting where he faced councillors, the Ashmount School pupil said he couldn’t remember much about it apart from “being really shy”.

The brothers have developed into confident public speakers and are regulars at debating club sessions which are run by charity Debate Mate at their school.

Daniel has no aspirations to go into politics, but hopes to become a chef.

The brothers’ father, Greg Foxsmith, a former independent councillor for Hillrise, said he was proud of his sons.

“I think they were brave to take it on at the time. It was their idea to have a petition and to write to the mayor,” said Mr Foxsmith, a legal aid campaigner and criminal lawyer.

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