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Volunteer group awarded honour from the Queen

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20 July, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Parent House volunteers at a Town Hall reception with council leader Richard Watts and Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O’Halloran

Volunteers have been celebrating after being awarded an honour from the Queen. The Parent House in Angel was given the Queen’s award for voluntary service, the highest national recognition given to volunteer groups in the UK, for their work towards eliminating poverty in the borough. The charity, set up in the old school keeper’s house at Winton Primary School 17 years ago, seeks to support parents by offering mentoring and preparing them for work. With more than 50 per cent of those receiving help getting jobs the charity is highly rated by parents. Workers were invited to the Town Hall for a private reception with council leader Richard Watts and Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O’Halloran. Linda Trew, who has worked at the charity for 15 years, said everyone was still in shock. “The award recognises our team work,” she said. “Every person in here is dedicated.”
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Whitecross Street party celebrates ‘nonconformists’

There was a carnival atmosphere with a wild and wide range of outfits. PHOTO: Nika Misarina

Nonconformity was all the rage on Saturday at a street party in Clerkenwell. Drag artists, puppeteers, rappers and dancers were just some of the acts which took part in the eighth annual Whitecross Street Party. The location of the street near the graves of radical poet William Blake and dissenter Daniel Defoe couldn’t be more fitting as the theme of this year’s party was “nonconformists”.

Around 6,000 visitors enjoyed the party hosted by City YMCA which saw puppet acts from young members of the Little Angel Theatre, music by performers from Key Changes, a charity which helps those suffering from mental health crises, and guitar strumming from The Hulas, a girl band from nearby Prior Weston School.

Outfits worn by performers including one made entirely of rubbish proved a huge hit. Even a couple of Pearly Kings stopped by to see if their outfits were still the most out­landish.

Councillor Troy Gallagher said: “This year’s party was the best ever with a huge array of performances to suit every age and taste. Local residents and visitors loved every minute of it and the carnival atmos­phere was electric!” The party also marked the launch of a new exhibition on non-conformity where paintings by streets artist such as Ant Carver and Coby Walsh have been affixed to buildings in Whitecross Street. Go along and take a look if you missed the party, the art will be there until September 15.

Scenes from the carnival atmosphere at Whitecross Street’s eighth annual party: 

PHOTO: Nika Misarina

PHOTO: Nika Misarina

PHOTO: Nika Misarina

PHOTO: Richard Canham Photography

PHOTO: Richard Canham Photography


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