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Saturday, September 16, 2017

“I was always a star, even if it was only being the star of three streets in Hackney,” Marc Bolan reportedly used to quip.

Some of Hackney’s most fascinating buildings are open to the public for free tours this weekend.

Hackney is awash with microbreweries nowadays, but it wasn’t always that way. Emma Bartholomew catches up with the trailblazers from Pitfield Brewery who set off the craze for craft beer more than 30 years ago

Protesters against ‘Brexit’ from all over east London join tomorrow’s ‘People’s March for Europe’ and mass rally in Westminster.

As the owners of Springfield House look for permission to replace all its windows, Emma Bartholomew looks back to 1902 when a trailblazer in fire prevention, Edwin Sachs, designed it

If Finsbury Park held a music festival with all the acts to have performed in the N4 postcode area, it would be the greatest gig of all time.

Charity collection boxes featuring Noddy figures were booted out of Hackney’s libraries to make way for collection boxes for the mayor’s own charity – but she had not yet chosen one.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Neighbours of the Geffrye Museum have objected to money-making plans to serve booze in its grounds and Grade I-listed building every day – and say a licence should not be granted if London’s inaugural “rosé festival” was anything to go by.

Theatre historian Matthew Neil introduces the Gazette to Nelly Power – the “forgotten” Victorian music hall, burlesque and panto star whose name will soon be familiar to anyone walking past 97 Southgate Road.

Sixty-five years ago, Stoke Newington’s last tram pulled away. The Gazette spoke to readers who remember the horse-drawn – and later electric – vehicles that ran down Green Lanes and connected Hackney to the rest of north London.

The legendary producer who was behind the desk when some of the greatest pop albums of the last 35 years were recorded used to shop in Ridley Road Market.

Abney Park Chapel has reopened to the public after a huge renovation project restored the 19th century Gothic mortuary to its former glory.

A man is trying to track down the stranger who saved his life 54 years ago when he was drowning in the Finsbury Park boating pond.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Outside Finsbury Park Post Office on a Saturday morning, a group of union activists are campaigning. They are asking people to make a pledge. A pledge not to buy stationery.

Simon Mooney’s photographs juxtapose Hackney’s history with modern life. He tells the Gazette abut his exhibition of 50 pictures to mark the first half-century of the Hackney Society – a heritage group that has fought since 1967 to preserve the borough’s history in the face of development.

The refurbished town hall contains a corridor hung with more than a hundred photographs. They show Hackney’s mayors and speakers since 1900. Guided by the head of the modern-day mayor’s office Abbas Panjwani hears some of the best – and strangest – stories that lie behind Hackney’s civic chains.

The Gazette finds out about the history tours John Baldock leads around Abney Park – and the characters buried in the Stoke Newington cemetery.

Shoreditch police station could face the axe amid £400million cost-cutting plans for the Met.

Neil Martinson was 19 when he designed and put up posters about the 1973 Chilean coup around Hackney. Forty-four years on, the only surviving copy is at the museum. Emma Bartholomew explains.

Hackney Council included pages from its controversial freesheet Hackney Today in a time capsule – but ditched a cutting from the Hackney Gazette at the last minute due to “lack of space”.

An East End bobby caught a landlord and a lorry driver drinking after hours when he peered through the frosted glass window of a Bethnal Green boozer.

A family cheated death when their cornershop was reduced to rubble with them inside.

Emma Bartholomew speaks to Rob Harries from charity WORLDwrite about its film on CLR James – a revolutionary he believes has fallen under the radar, despite the enormous library that bears his name

Riaz Phillips tells Valeria Fiore how his search for the best Caribbean cooking led him full circle to Hackney, where his grandmother lived for 60 years.

Hoxton Market celebrated 330 years of trading on Saturday with a relaunch. Emma Bartholomew speaks to traders at the East End market that is older than the USA.

Nell James Grace from Queer Tours of London speaks to Emma Bartholomew about the tour she is hosting this weekend as part of Pride 365 – Hackney’s year-long celebration of the borough’s LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex) community.

A rainbow flag will fly over Hackney Town Hall from next month to mark the launch of a year-long gay pride celebration.

Major plans to redevelop the old ABC Cinema in Stoke Newington Road will go before councillors on Tuesday – with developers insisting it will be good for Dalston’s struggling arts venues.

Ron Miller, 85, fought in the Korean War aged just 18, and has been ‘living bravely with his war wounds’ ever since. Emma Bartholomew recounts his story of the ‘forgotten war’.

DNA testing in a school may sound like a Jeremy Kyle-esque disaster waiting to happen, but no punches were thrown at Southwold Primary in Clapton.

Crowdfunding for £150,000 to revamp the “shabby” front of Dalston’s Rio cinema and build a second screen in its basement is set to officially launch next Friday – a year later than initially planned.

A “once-in-a-lifetime” school reunion saw scores of old Amherst Primary pupils gather for a knees-up in Old Street.

The Working Women’s Bus Tour is the fourth and final instalment of A Hackney Autobiography, which contains audio tours inspired by the bookshop and publisher Centerprise. Emma Bartholomew reports.

A decision is set to be made on the controversial luxury housing development on site of the old bingo hall in Hackney Road.

Emma Bartholomew finds out more about the not-very-well documented history of Ridley Road Market after coming across a Gazette article dating back 60 years to its 30th birthday – give or take

The Gazette finds out more about Dr Jelley, who treated Hackney’s poor before the advent of the NHS – and recommended to some that they go to the pub on Friday nights.

Bad tempered pigs, circus elephants, children playing on the streets and women sitting on their porches shelling peas – these were all part of everyday life in a legendary tight-knit community where you had to pay a toll and hop over someone’s back wall to get in.

A prolific activist’s tale of fighting fascists with the 43 Group after the Second World War is brought to life in an audio walk about Hackney’s different ‘frontlines’. Emma Bartholomew reports

An app will bring tales of resistance and equality in Hackney to life – courtesy of Dalston’s radical bookshop. Emma Bartholomew reports

Alan Denney has been photographing our borough since 1976. He talks Emma Bartholomew through five that are close to his heart.

Historian Prof Ged Martin documents the rise and fall of sootigine, a cheap and, as it turned out, pretty damaging fertiliser made in Hackney Downs in the 1880s.

The chairman of one of the most famous Sunday leagues in the world has launched a scathing attack on the FA, David Beckham and green campaigners.

Campaigners have welcomed the decision to defer a controversial luxury housing development on the site of the old bingo hall in Hackney Road.

Hackney could soon be getting another of its old cinemas back. Auro Foxcroft, the man behind Shoreditch spot Village Underground, wants to dust off the seats of the old ABC and Savoy cinema. We had a chat with him

The Geffrye has secured £12m towards its £15m revamp, which is set to open up previously unexplored parts of the museum of the home.

As the consultation on Haggerston Baths’ decidedly dry future kicks off, the Gazette looks back at the pool’s 114-year history.

Meet the raggedy band of volunteers who spend their spare time keeping hotshot developers in line. The Gazette caught up with members of Hackney’s Conservation Area Advisory Committees to find out what they do.

Andrew Holligan captured life in Dalston three decades ago on a 1950s camera. He shares his snaps – and explains how the project came about.

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago.

Sam Roberts has spent years hunting down old adverts painted on Hackney’s buildings. He tells the Gazette about his love for “ghost signs”.

A “micro-hotel” and a shopping centre are among the final plans for Haggerston Baths – and now the town hall wants to know what you think.

As his photographs of the Holly Street estate go on show, Tom Hunter tells The Gazette about life on the 18th floor

Zeka Alsancak and his fellow Turkish Cypriots set up a community centre in Hackney 40 years ago. The Gazette joins him looking back

The Gazette speaks to filmmaker Derek Smith, whose chance discovery of a photo has led to the creation of a whole museum exhibition about the estate where he lives

The Gazette discovers the history of the Hackney associations that were infiltrated by police during the late 1990s.

Campaigners have won their battle to stop Sainsbury’s opening a Local store in the old Highbury Vale police station.

Entertainer Len Belmont tells us how life as one of the country’s top ventriloquist and magic acts landed him a job on C4 show TFI Friday.

Hackney Museum wants to right a wrong: it doesn’t have enough gay history in its archive. Emma Bartholomew reports on the launch of a project to change that.

Harvey Waterman, now 80, tells Emma Bartholomew about his youth in the mental institution he was sent to age four

Aviva’s bid to tap into the trendiness of Hoxton has been savaged by historians and neighbours – who are concerned they will turn the “historic home of the Hackney artist” into a “corporate playground”.

A book will be published this year to mark 50 years of the Hackney Society. Emma Bartholomew looks back in time at its creation in 1967

The Gazette looks back at the history of Britannia Leisure Centre – which is at risk of demolition if council plans come to fruition.

You’ve probably walked past these buildings – and ignored them – dozens of times. But photographer Simon Phipps feels it’s time we started to celebrate the post-war brutalist architecture that is all over the capital.

The Rio is launching a campaign this year to restore the Art Deco picture palace to its former glory. Emma Bartholomew looks back at its past century.

A campaign has been launched to give a Stoke Newington pub protected status over fears it could become yet another restaurant.

A historian who knows more about Stoke Newington than most has decided to share his archives with, well, the whole world.

Reporter Emma Bartholomew speaks to Peter the Pleater, who is leaving his eponymous Shoreditch premises - 34 years after setting up shop there

The Rochester Castle has been a popular Stoke Newington boozer for centuries. We delved into its past (and discovered its nickname among regulars)

St Augustine’s Tower is the only grotto in Hackney over 500 years old. Emma Bartholomew hears from Laurie Elks about its history as a social, sacred and political landmark.

Eithne Nightingale, a writer, photographer and researcher has been studying child migration to the East End for more than 10 years. Now, she and producer Mitch Harris have made films documenting the incredible journeys made by three children to Hackney.

Finsbury Park’s running track has endured a troubled recent history. But years of hard work mean our athletics clubs have an exciting future, the Gazette hears.

It’s important to the life of the theatre, and key to its survival and growth. Susie McKenna chats with The Gazette about the history of panto at the Empire

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville held his own against former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, when the abrasive interviewer tried to insinuate he wasn’t in touch with his electorate.

Students at The Urswick School, Paragon Road, marked Armistice Day with a special service on Friday morning.

Hackney residents joined ex-service men and women to remember the fallen at the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and church service on Sunday,

As Stoke Newington Methodist Church marks its double centenary, Emma Bartholomew hears about some of its longest-serving players

It may have lasted just nine months, but the 1968 Antiuniversity’s legacy has endured. Sam Gelder got educated on the radical project – and its revival

Emma Bartholomew meets the Andersons as the family wind down their 160-year-old Hoxton bakery firm

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