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Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith offered himself as a “swap” for hostages on a hijacked Kuwaiti airliner.

Upper Street’s famous King’s Head Theatre pub could move into a “trendy neighbourhood bar” for more than 18 months until its new site is ready, a new report reveals.

The life’s work of Islington’s Beryl Vosburgh, one of the first specialist antique photographica collectors in London, will go on auction next month.

Islington Council faced having to pay back more than £1million of traffic fines issued at a controversial width restriction.

The Whittington Hospital was struggling to cope with a baby boom.

The landlord of the historic Archway Tavern pub met with council chiefs last week and informed them of plans to reopen it “in months”.

A hero tobacconist fought off a thug who threatened to knife her and rob her shop.

A community theatre in Barnsbury has been given more than £67,000 to develop a play celebrating 200 years of the Regent’s Canal.

The town hall was drawing up secret plans to transfer ownership of Islington’s 42,000 council homes to its own private company.

Premier Inn has won permission to build a 180-room hotel in Clerkenwell – after the UK’s top planning authority cast aside the concerns of community campaigners.

Freightliners City Farm in Holloway is celebrating its 40th anniversary amid a funding crisis. Chief exec Liz McCallister explains how it became such a valuable community asset over those four decades.

A stalwart of Islington’s Polish community, Aleksandra Podhorodecka MBE is organising a ‘heritage day’ at the Parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa and St Casimir in Devonia Road. She speaks to the Gazette.

With eerie similarity to life in modern day Islington, a 17-year-old was caught stealing a moped.

Islington Council’s failure to keep a traffic bollard clean may have cost a motorist his life, an inquest heard.

Two weeks ago, we ran a feature on the amazing history of Caledonian Market. In 1967, this was replaced by social housing: the Market Estate. Despite a short lifespan of just 43 years, the Gazette finds its history was just as colourful.

The apparent creation of Rosemary Gardens was under way.

Neighbours launched an angry campaign to drive away a sex shop from Holloway Road.

Two soldiers from Islington, who were both awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War, were honoured by the town hall today – 100 years after their brave actions.

The transformation of Archway has brought the status of two of its most iconic buildings back into the public eye.

Five hundred tenants were rallied after Islington Council proposed increased rents for people living in municipal buildings.

Two Islington councillors left the town hall’s ruling Labour group in a blazing row over rent and rate increases.

A Holloway collector who stole stamps was told by a magistrate: “It doesn’t seem very nice to have a collection and every time you look at them to say: ‘Well, I stole that one.’”

Fifty people made an emotional visit to the spot where an Islington Council foreman was killed in a violent incident.

It’s hard to imagine now, but the Cally used to have one of the world’s most famous markets. One day you could buy a coffin, the next you’d see a rampaging bull on the loose. The Gazette trawls the archives and tells the story of the market from 1852 to 1964.

As soon as Map Gift Shop opened in Archway 25 years ago, it was dismissed. “You won’t last,” one bloke told owners Kathryn Phalp and Ian Morris. Welcome to N19!

A renegade councillor ordered Islington estate tenants to break the law and refuse to pay increased rent.

Smash and grab thieves ransacked the Upper Holloway HQ of Islington Red Cross Centre.

A fire destroyed the HQ of 211th North London Sea Scouts in Mildmay Park.

Islington Museum curator Roz Currie tells Emma Bartholomew why she wants to hear what life was like for women locked up in Holloway Prison, before it shut two years ago

Violent smash and grab robberies aren’t anything new to Islington. This week in 1988, the owner of a Finsbury off-licence was blasted in the leg with a sawn-off shotgun by two thugs who raided his shop.

Holloway Road’s Northern Polytechnic – now London Metropolitan University – had to be evacuated because of an IRA bomb scare.

A restaurant boss came out on top against raiders who held him at gunpoint.

February is LGBT history month. To mark it, Clerkenwell and Islington tour guide Karen Lansdown talks the Gazette through some snapshots of the borough’s rich – but often hard to spot – gay history ahead of two public tours.

There are dozens of ghost signs – huge faded adverts from yesteryear painted on the side of buildings – across Islington. But have you actually noticed any of them?

A Holloway street trader tried to get away with not paying National Insurance because “business wasn’t very good”.

Islington’s pageant master Peter McCafferty is also part of Islington Veterans Assocation. He tells the Gazette about his latest plan to get veterans talking – over a full English.

Neighbours and campaigners say the new Highbury Leisure Centre extension is an eyesore – and doesn’t match the plans that were originally agreed with the council.

Cops set up a drugs hotline for Holloway, urging called to “squeal” on dealer neighbours.

Islington Survivors Network has received donations totalling £320 since the Gazette’s front page appeal, but it desperately needs more.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the first women winning the right to vote, specialist Islington tour guide Jen Pedler tells the Gazette the stories of four key figures from the borough’s history.

Islington North MP Wilfred Fienburgh died in a car crash aged 38.

If the Gazette’s pages 100 years ago are anything to go by, Islington’s first women voters were treated as something of a spectacle at the 1918 General Election.

Housing, hate crime and public health. Just some of the issues that disproportionately affect women.

Caretakers on Islington’s estates warned tenants to expect “chaos” after the council hit them with an overtime ban.

Much-loved artist, film director and LGBT activist Derek Jarman has been commemorated at his old flat in 60, Liverpool Road.


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