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Today, it’s the pricey trampoline park that has the Sobell in the headlines. Four (and a bit) decades ago, it opened amid similar protests about how much it would cost. In between, it played a crucial role in Britain’s decision to join and then leave the EEC and the EU. The Gazette chats to 1970s Sobell manager Hywel Griffiths.

A beekeeper had to deal with 60,000 bees which had settled on top of a Canonbury house.

A Finsbury Park man was hauled before the courts after telling the government on his National Insurance form: “I don’t need these cards – I haven’t worked for 14 months. I get my living by thieving.”

It’s mid-November and the chill is starting to bite. It’s time to get the heating on. In the 1980s, though, tenants on the Andover Estate had no such luxury. The Gazette tells the story of a shambles that left hundreds of tenants frozen every winter.

Islington councillors took action to prevent teenage gambling addicts pouring their pocket money into fruit machines.

Hundreds gathered in Islington yesterday morning to remember those who died fighting for our country.

A campaign has been launched to save Angel Central’s famous wings sculpture – by a 10-year-old girl.

One of Islington’s top music venues claimed its future was under threat if a developer was allowed to build 90 homes next door.

Islington will pay thanks to our servicewomen and men at the annual Remembrance parade on Sunday.

Highbury Corner suffered one of Islington’s most destructive wartime attacks 73 years ago. Ahead of Sunday’s Remembrance parade, the Gazette speaks to survivors about their memories of the blast – and how Islington remained defiant.

Islington Council was facing a cash crisis.

Holloway Road on Saturday nights was turning into a “bear garden”, a court heard.

A Holloway mum was fearing for her children’s lives after finding her toddler about to inject herself with a blood-stained syringe.

Did you know Islington was subjected to a bomb attack 35 years ago?

Islington’s Gracepoint venue played host to the Kurdistan Students’ Union annual literature festival on Saturday – the first time the event has been held in the UK.

As Black History Month draws to a close, the Gazette chats to Avril Nanton – who runs African Caribbean tour guides – about the spirit of Islington.

A businessman was disqualified from running his filthy Upper Street cafe for six months.

A London council hasn’t set up an energy supplier for more than 100 years – but last week, Islington launched Angelic Energy, a not-for-profit provider designed to help those in poverty cope with soaring energy prices. The Gazette looks back to when the council first began supplying Islington’s energy, in 1896.

The falling leaves of autumn became falling trees in the Great Storm of 1987.

To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, the Gazette looks back at a “way-out” church in De Beauvoir that hosted Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky for a crucial conference – and put the Bolsheviks on the road to power.

Has there ever been a sweeter Arsenal title win than 1989? A new documentary tells the amazing story of that special night at Anfield. James Morris speaks to its editor, Sam Billinge.

A Finsbury husband and wife were looking for someone to take in their six children in order to save their marriage.

Campaigning kids marched on Islington Town Hall with their mums and dads to protest against cuts.

One of Islington’s forgotten gems, the Finsbury Park Empire, has been commemorated with a memorial plaque. The Gazette pulls back the curtain to look at the history of the music hall and variety theatre.

You’d never guess it, but a block of run-down flats above a Holloway Road pub was once the centre of the UK’s radical black power movement.

For 132 years, Highbury Fields has been Islington’s biggest and most popular green space. As the barbecue row continues to smoulder, James Morris trawls through the Gazette archives – and finds the Fields’ entire history has been defined by conflict about how they should be used.

Islington Green’s iconic Collins Music Hall appeared to have been saved from closure.

Labour’s red flag, which had flown over Islington Town Hall for five years, was dropped by council leader Margaret Hodge.

Islington Bangladesh Association celebrated its 35th anniversary yesterday. The Gazette learns why it’s still going strong – after the charity helped to unite what had been a divided community in the 1980s.

Nominations are in for naming the new Archway town centre – and Squarey McSquareface is officially off the cards.

A Holloway tenant managed to get a reduction of her “absolutely shocking” rent at a tribunal.

Angry parents slammed school chiefs over a hole in a fence which led a 13-year-old boy to his death.

A campaign to build a statue of Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst in Islington’s “most radical street” looks to have succeeded.

Islington was a very different place when Ben Sclaire opened what is now the Great Health Clinic in Essex Road.

A Caxton House Community Centre day out ended in tragedy when one of its members was killed on the way back from Brighton.

A shopping trip turned into tragedy after a toddler was crushed to death by a bus in Essex Road.

Everyone knows Richard “Dickie” Bull in Barnsbury, after all, he’s been going in and out of their homes for 40 years now.

A two-year-old girl was killed after a pipe fell from a house in Offord Road, Barnsbury.

Islington’s Union Chapel has become a legendary concert venue after 25 years of shows in Compton Terrace. Surprisingly, however, it has suffered numerous setbacks along the way. Ahead of its anniversary concert next week, the Gazette asks how it became so revered.

As we revealed last week, Islington’s famous Angel Canal Festival has been saved from closure. And organiser Beryl Windsor was able to enjoy Sunday’s 31st annual event knowing its future is secure. As usual, hundreds turned up – here are some of our photographer’s best snaps.

One of Islington’s hidden shopping gems is closing next month after 30 years.

Neighbours were trying to ban music shows in Finsbury Park, claiming recent events had ruined their summer.

Islington’s famous annual Angel Canal Festival – which organisers feared would end for good after Sunday’s celebration – is saved, the Gazette can reveal.

If Finsbury Park held a music festival with all the acts to have performed in the N4 postcode area, it would be the greatest gig of all time.

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