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Turning heads in Upper Street: Couples embrace under the giant mistletoe over Islington Square

Published: 19 December, 2014

Sealed with a Christmas kiss

FOUR couples – including Reverend Simon Harvey and his wife Jennifer – showed that love is in air in Upper Street this week. They all prepared to smooch under a giant mistletoe chan­delier hanging over the Islington Square gateway to launch the development scheme on the site of the former North London Mail Centre. Ron and Jackie Lord and Frank and Gill Hopkins are Islington residents. The final couple, Dorothy and Eric Riley, have been married for 70 years and revealed they had last visited London as a couple 68 years ago during the Second World War and wanted to mark their visit with a romantic embrace under the mistletoe. Revd Harvey turned on the Christmas lights and a snow machine that pumps out fake snow on the street while the St Mary’s Christmas choir sang carols. “It was a novel experience,” said the Reverend. “We certainly turned heads on Upper Street.”

• Members of the public are invited to kiss under the mistletoe chandelier and share their love stories via Twitter using the hashtag #LoveIslington; tweets will be entered into a draw to win pairs of tickets for performances at The Almeida Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, or a screening at the Everyman Screen on the Green in Islington; the draw will be made on Friday January 9.

Jam in the Square 

That’s snowbiz! Some spirited performances in schools’ nativity shows

Years 5 and 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Holloway

Pakeman School nativity

Published: 19 December, 2014

Shock as landmark former ‘labour exchange’ pub shuts in Archway

The Lion is set to become a sandwich bar

Published: 19 December, 2014

Hoffman and Dench star in Clerkenwell estate film set to be screened on New Year’s Day

Filming fees from Esio Trot, which was made on the Bevin Court estate, will go its community garden

Published: 19 December, 2014

My principles keep me strong, says campaigning pensioners’ leader George, 90

George Durack, centre, with, from left, MP Jeremy Corbyn, CWU general secretary Billy Hayes, Mayor Theresa Debono and Cllr Richard Watts

Our hamper Santa delivers festive cheer as Tribune readers help make others merry

Caroline Heijne, George Durack, and Joan Katz with our Santa at Islington Pensioners Forum and, below, The Family Plus Team


Published: 19 December, 2014
words and pictures by SAMUEL OSBORNE


Islington school’s award-winning novelist helps raise money for Ebola appeal

Published: 19 December, 2014

AN Islington school librarian who is an award-winning novelist has raised more than £100 for charity.

‘It’s something I have to live with,’ says amateur boxer cleared of killing friend with single punch

Matthew Fallon

Matthew Fallon (above) suffered a fatal head injury after falling backwards on the pavement following a punch by Leroy English

Festive fun! Law firm’s Christmas party at the Barbican

From left, Sean McCallion from charity Back Up, Hugh Stallard, director the French property company AOS, and from Leigh Day: Adrian Jewitt, Carol Day, Sean Humber, Rebecca Davis and Richard Stein. 

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South, met Richard Stein, a senior figure at Leigh Day who made the headlines last week – including the Tribune’s – by joinin

Children living in fear after bathroom ceiling collapse at their Barnsbury home

Dwight Semple in the room where ceiling collapsed 

Published: 12 December, 2014