A new chapter for children; Invest in arts of the community; Thin blue line?

Friday, 16th June 2017 — By Elmira Tanatarova

Samanthan Dunford

SAMANTHA Dunford, 50, manages her brother’s business, Children’s Books in Chadwell Street, Angel, and has been working in Islington for five years. She explains that while the bookshop is a family-owned venture, it’s central to the whole community. “It’s lovely to just meet people,” she says. “A nice mix of customers come in, and lots of people in the area know about us. It’s really lovely to be able to provide books for their kids, and especially ones they can afford.”

CHRISTIAN Necsulescu, 37, originally from Romania, moved to England because he “wanted a change of scenery, to go to another place on an adventure,” and has been working at the Book Warehouse in Upper Street for two years. Christian says that while he “more or less enjoys” Islington, he wishes that the community would invest more in “the arts, independent cinema, bookshops, and culture in general”.

ELAINE Hoodless, 49, a bartender at The Angelic pub in Angel, has lived in Islington her whole life. “There’s so much to see and so much to do in Islington, be it your basic shopping, or quirky antiques,” she says. Elaine notes the borough’s metamorphosis: “It really has changed over the years. It’s gone from being this sleepy and poor area to something more cosmopolitan.” However, she “wouldn’t change a thing” about it, except maybe to introduce more police into the neighbourhood.

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