This week 30 years ago: Squatters take over Upper Holloway flats

Islington Gazette: July 31, 1987

Islington Gazette: July 31, 1987 - Credit: Archant

An organised group of squatters took over 10 empty Islington Council flats in Upper Holloway.

The “Kingsdown Co-op” claimed to help homeless Irish youngsters. After taking over properties in Kingsdown Road, Sussex Way and Stanley Terrace, it applied for official recognition from Islington Council.

But leading Cllr Chris King said: “It is being made clear to them they are not welcome here.

“This is a well educated group of young squatters trying to appeal to one of Islington’s perceived soft spots.

“They are playing the ‘Irish’ card – though one of them is American and one sounded French.”

Meanwhile, young-at-heart Ann Wheeler and Ronald Doncaster proved it’s never too late to fall in love after meeting in a Highbury Quadrant care home.

The pair, both 67, hooked up at the Twelve Acres home in Highbury.

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After being single their entire lives, they were to wed at St Augustine’s Church, Highbury New Park.