Puppet theatre founder storms to victory in Islington ‘Plaque Idol’ contest

THE polls have closed, the votes have been counted and the latest five people and places to be honoured with an Islington People’s Plaque can be revealed.

John Wright, founder of the Little Angel Puppet Theatre; author Douglas Adams; suffragette Edith Garrud; boat club pioneer Crystal Hale; and The Peasants’ Revolt at Highbury Park will all be recognised with a permanent memorial by Islington Council.

They were chosen by the people of Islington from a shortlist of ten in a “Plaque Idol” contest, which saw more than 3,000 people vote online and in libraries.

The runaway winner was John Wright, who received a fifth of the votes (634). 489 were cast for Douglas Adams, 356 for Edith Garrud, 290 for The Peasants’ Revolt and 274 for Crystal Hale.

Councillor Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: “The Islington People’s Plaque scheme is a great opportunity to celebrate the rich history of the borough and the response we’ve had from residents has been fantastic.

“All of those on the shortlist were worthy contenders, but the people of Islington have chosen their favourites and I’m looking forward to seeing the plaques being put in place.”

Founder of North Islington Welfare Centre, Florence Keen; the bombing of Dame Alice Owen School; The Angel Inn; writer and explorer, Margaret Kinglsey; and businessman and philanthropist, Thomas Lipton were the finalists who missed out.

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