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Park could be renamed after Holloway music legend Joe Meek

Joe Meek in his Holloway Road studio in 1966. Pic: David Peters Joe Meek in his Holloway Road studio in 1966. Pic: David Peters

Saturday, February 1, 2014
11:47 AM

A park in Holloway is set for a £400,000 makeover and could be renamed after one of the area’s most famous sons.

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The green area, which is currently known as Biddestone Road open space, is set to be revamped with natural play sections, new railings and a new entrance.

A new title is also on the cards and suggestions include Meek Meadows, a name put forward in honour of famous record producer Joe Meek, who lived in nearby Holloway road.

Meek, best remember for the Tornados’ hit Telstar, was a pioneer of sound engineering.

He had a troubled personal life, however, as a gay man in a time when homosexuality was still illegal.

His troubles eventually saw him kill his landlady with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Cllr Rakhia Ismail, Islington Council’s executive member for sustainability, said, “Providing high quality play opportunities for children is so important.

“To make this a real community success, I want local people to get involved, have their say on the plans for the park and help us choose a name they think is right.”

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