150 Islingtonians turn up for Facebook reunion

OVER 150 Islington residents, both past and present, were reunited on Saturday night at an event organised through a Facebook group.

Members of I Grew Up In Islington, a popular local forum page, organised the event in an effort to bring together both current and former residents of the borough.

The group now has more than 5,100 members, many of whom have moved away from the borough but still wish to share memories about their time spent living in the area.

Ronnie Cooper, one of the event’s organisers, said: “We had people there from Germany, France, Preston and Kent. We were expecting about 100 but I gave out over 150 name tags on the night. People brought a lot of their friends and the numbers just grew.

“I was at school with one of the guys who came over from Germany and it was brilliant to see him. It was so nice to have the chance to meet people that we have only spoken to on the group. I want to thank everyone who made the effort to come and made it such a fantastic night.”

The meet-up, which took place at Browns restaurant, Islington Green, was the third that the group has hosted and, with a record number of people attending, was by far the biggest that has been organised.

Sue Jones, one of the group’s organisers, said: “The night went amazingly. There were over 150 people there which is even more than we had originally been expecting. People had the chance to meet with friends that they had not seen in many years and everyone had the most brilliant catch-up. We are so grateful to Ronnie Cooper for organising this event and making sure that everyone had such a wonderful time.”

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The group’s administrators are now planning another meet-up, which is currently scheduled to take place in June of this year.

Mr Cooper said: “We want to arrange three meet-ups a year, doing a variety of different things. We have been to a different venue each time so far and this next one is currently set to take place at The Lord Wolesley pub at the back of Chapel Market.”