Sotheby Mews Festival: A ‘big success’ despite ‘impending doom’ of Highbury centre
PUBLISHED: 12:54 12 September 2018
A festival for older people was a “big success” but there was also an “underlying sadness over the impending doom” of the Highbury day centre which hosted it.
The centre was packed with more than 100 attendees for the Sotheby Mews festival last Saturday, where guests enjoyed free music and entertainment.
But resistance was in the air over Islington Council’s plan to demolish the centre and replace it with affordable housing.
Many festival-goers wore “save Sotheby Mews” T-shirts, signalling their malcontent with the delayed proposal to move the centre’s activities into the redeveloped Highbury Roundhouse.
Rosie Litterick, who organised the event, said: “It was good for the community because so many people turned up and it highlighted what we would all be losing is we close this centre.
“So there was an underlying sadness over the impending doom of the centre – but overall it went really well and there were people having fun.
“It was also really nice how people of different ages mixed – It was a big success.”