Around 800 people took part in this year’s Parkside Place Clock Tower Festival, an annual fun day aimed at bringing together the local community in and around Parkside Place in Islington.
The 30 July event was held in Caledonian Park, which houses a Grade II listed clock tower built in 1856 as part of the Metropolitan Cattle Market which stood on the site. This year, the event included a climbing wall, owl display, mini golf, and live music, as well as a popular guided tour of the clock tower, organised by Islington Council.
There were also a multitude of stalls from individuals and organisations such as the Islington Gazette, Avon, Ben Kinsella Trust, Southern Housing Group, and many food and drink options for people to enjoy.
Since its launch five years ago, the event has grown in popularity and aims to bring together different, often isolated pockets of the local community to lessen social isolation and foster a sense of working and learning together.
The festival is supported in part through funding by Southern Housing Group and is run by a committee made up of the Clock Tower Residents Group, Friends of Caledonian Park, and nearby Lumpy Hill adventure playground. It’s supported by one of the Group's Community Partnerships Officers, AnnMarie Nelson, who helps with planning and licensing, and works closely with residents to build and establish the event.
AnnMarie says: “The Clock Tower Festival promotes inclusion and is an opportunity for local people to get to know their neighbours who they may not see day to day. It’s a chance for different generations, cultures and faiths to come together.”
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Mary Weeks Communications Manager Southern Housing Group 0207 553 6841