News flashback: Our pick of Hackney’s headlines from July 1956 and 1986
- Credit: Archant
Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago.
A secret council report revealed “clear evidence of financial mismanagement” within a Hackney community group – whose bosses included two Labour councillors.
The document highlighted bureaucratic blunders and financial irregularities at Hackney Educational and Development Society (Heads) in Rectory Road, Stoke Newington.
Meanwhile, a crucial town hall meeting to discuss the Heads probe was disrupted constantly by protesters for two hours before the chair decided to abandon it.
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The drama didn’t end there for Hackney Council. Three top officers quit on the eve of a report into corruption and inefficiency being published.
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An uninvited guest at a silver wedding party died after fatally injuring himself falling down stairs at the house.
The deputy coroner said of Frederick William Harwood, 33: “The man walked into the party. It was not his party and he had not been invited. He was allowed to stay only because he was not being a nuisance. He was undoubtedly drunk.”
When guests were leaving at 2am they noticed Harwood lying at the foot of the stairs and sat him on a chair thinking he was drunk.
He was actually seriously injured and died of a fractured spine suffered in the fall.
The first mass was held at St John the Baptist Church in Mare Street after it was restored in the Second World War.