This week 60 years ago: Bishop leaves Islington to fight apartheid in South Africa

Islington Gazette: May 10, 1987

Islington Gazette: May 10, 1987 - Credit: Archant

Islington lost one of its most distinguished community figures – after he left to fight apartheid in South Africa.

Rev Joost de Blank, of Compton Terrace, was announced as the new Archbishop of Cape Town, a role he had until 1963.

Rev de Blank would go on to be known as the “scourge of apartheid”. He refused to preach in any South African church that was not open to black as well as white people.

He was described in the Gazette as someone who “made a real impact on the life of the area”.

Meanwhile, a lorry driver was fined £5 (£110 in today’s terms) for telling a Copenhagen Street bookmaker that a policeman was watching him.

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Patrick Leader, 22, of Caledonian Road, yelled to the unsuspecting bookie: “Look out!”

At Clerkenwell Magistrates’ Court, he admitted wilfully obstructing an officer and was told by magistrate T. Davis: “Mind your own business.”

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