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Whiskey business: cèilidh raises funds for centre

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11 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch, Robbie Harb

Accordionist Nicola Hadley with her band, Northern Frisk

What better way to help a treasured local venue than a dance and a knees-up? A cèilidh is coming to Whittington Park on February 3, thanks to the Whittington Park Community Association. A traditional Scottish or Irish gathering, the cèilidh will offer folk music, dancing and raffles, and all money raised will go to improving the centre.

Winners of last year’s raffle Christine and her son Marco

Last year, a bottle of whiskey was donated by the Tufnell Park Tavern and they will be offering the same this year.
Music will be provided by the band Northern Frisk, so put your finest dancing shoes on and buy a ticket.
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Dog sitting? It’s a walk in the park

Robin Farrell with French bull dog Dexter

The term “professional dog walker” usually brings up the image someone being dragged about by 10 energetic and variously sized dogs. Not so for Robin Farrell, who is the picture of calm. Robin works for Bone Rangers, a dog-sitting company that specialises in one-on-one walks. Today’s special client was Dexter, a French bulldog, who has just moved to London from New York. He hasn’t made many friends yet, so Robin is introducing him to the crowd at Highbury Fields.

“Of all the areas where I work, the Islington area in particular is the best for dog walking,” she said. “What makes it so great is that there is a dog community here, everyone just wants their dogs to play together. It’s great for Dexter, because he’s new and he gets to play with the other dogs.”

French bulldogs were named London’s most popular dog breed last year, beating the Labrador Retriever, which has held the top spot for 27 consecutive years.

The London French Bulldog Meetup Group has been organising events across the capital for the past 10 years. The group has almost 1,000 members, and meet once a month to walk their Frenchies together in one of the parks across the city.

According to Robin, Highbury Fields is one of their favourite locations. She said that if you are in the area on a Sunday, you might be lucky enough to spot a group of more than 100 French bulldogs all playing together.

But be careful, she says: while the group is open to passers-by joining in the fun, it is a strictly members-only group!


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