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27th March 2015

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    Women in West Hampstead celebrate achievements as all complete course

    Camden Mayor Lazzaro congratulates the ladies at the Sidings Community Centre

    Published: 26 March, 2015
    By MATTIE LACEY-DAVIDSON

    People in West Hampstead, including many young mothers, were celebrating this week after completing a course that will help them get back in to work. 

    Quinn’s pub is told it can keep late hours

    Quinn’s pub

    Quinn’s, in Kentish Town Road, has been given the go-ahead to stay open until 2.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

    Century-old fire station axed by Mayor Boris all set to be sold

    Belsize Fire Station

    Belsize Fire Station, in Lancaster Grove, closed in February last year

    Published: 26 March, 2015

    Blustons bidder wants to keep iconic Kentish Town clothes shop just as it is

    Gavin Juniper, and the popular Blustons shop front

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    INVESTORS are looking to secure the 84-year history of Blustons – the iconic ladies’ clothing store in Kentish Town – for generations to come with a bid to buy the shop and keep r

    Sold for charity: Drum kit of blues explosion musician killed by tiger

    Sold for charity: Drum kit of blues explosion musician killed by tiger

    Dave Hunt, and his drum-kit

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    A DRUM kit which was used by a musician who met an untimely end when he was mauled by a tiger has been sold for charity by Camden Town’s dedicated rock and roll music shop.

    Ferret found wandering around West Hampstead: is it yours?

    Ferret found wandering around West Hampstead: is it yours?

    The ferret with Kerry Simpson and her pet dog, Rogue

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A LUCKY ferret found its perfect match after stumbling across animal expert Kerry Simpson in West Hampstead on Monday.

    'Pearl and garnet necklace' scammers target Camden residents

    Euston resident Tony Pearce received the scam card through his letterbox

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PEOPLE in Camden are urged to be aware of a scam which suggests that they have won a “pearl and garnet necklace,” before tricking them into giving out their bank details.

    Camden's housing chief Julian Fulbrook to step down from council cabinet

    Julian Fulbrook has been Camden's housing supremo since 2010

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN'S housing chief is to step down from his cabinet position.

    Camden Town youngsters take on Hamlet in school-wide Shakespeare extravaganza

    Children at Holy Trinity and St Silas as the characters of Hamlet

    Published: 25 March, 2015 
    By MATTIE LACEY-DAVIDSON

    To be or not to be?

    'Parli Girls Can': Olympic medallist tells schoolgirls not to be afraid to try new things

    Parliament Hill students enjoy a lesson with Olympic rower Catherine Bishop

    Published: 25 March, 2015
    By MATTIE LACEY DAVIDSON 

    BRITISH rower and Olympic silver medallist Catherine Bishop visited Parliament Hill School on Friday as part of the Sky Sports for Living Programme.&n

    Justine Miliband delivers pep talk - and stuffs some envelopes - for Labour election volunteers in Kilburn

    Justine Miliband joins Tulip Siddiq in Kilburn

    Published: 24 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    JUSTINE Miliband, the Labour Party leader's wife, gave a pep talk to election campaigners in Kilburn this morning (Tuesday), insisting that the party were headed for victory at the ballot box i

    Kentish Town pub burgled in spate of boozer break-ins

    Tapping the Admiral was broken into by burglars over the weekend 

    Published: 24 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A KENTISH Town pub, which was voted the North London Pub of the Year, was burgled in the early hours of Monday morning.

    Police close Camden High Street as moped rider crashes following suspected robbery attempt on pawnbrokers

    A cinder block lies in the window of Mybond Pawnbrokers, as police cordon off the area

    Published: 24 March, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    DOZENS of specialist police officers descended upon Camden Town this morning as they intervened in a suspected robbery attempt on a pawnbrokers. 

    The Winch to launch second hand bike shop at 100 Avenue Road

    Chief executive of the Swiss Cottage community centre, Paul Perkins, said the project will offer more job opportunities to young people

    Published: 24 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A Swiss Cottage community centre are launching a bike repair shop this week at the 100 Avenue Road, which has stood empty since developers took it over last year. 

    Camden street style #38: Blue tights, green jackets

    Published: 23 March, 2015

    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town

     

    LSE Law student Pascalle Palmer has put together old and new to create her, modern, laid-back look.

    WATCH: Demonstrators march through Hampstead in protest at luxury flats development

    WATCH: Demonstrators march through Hampstead in protest at luxury flats developm

    Jessica Learmond-Criqui rallies the demonstrators in New End

    Published: 23 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    WITH guitars, bells and whistles - and good old-fashioned chanting - protesters made their feelings clear as they marched through Hampstead on Saturday in protest at a planning inspector's deci

    Eric Pickles says Utopia Village offices can be turned into luxury flats

    Mary Portas joined a chorus of opposition to the plan

    Mary Portas joined a chorus of opposition to the plan

    Published: 23 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ERIC Pickles has overruled Camden Council and said that developers can go ahead with controversial plans to convert workshops in Primrose Hill into a block of luxury flats. 

    Camden School for Girls reveals savings plans: No more free music lessons and a cut back on school trips

    Camden School for Girls

    Camden School for Girls

    Published: 20 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    FREE music lessons and some “under-subscribed” A-level courses will be scrapped at one of Camden’s most popular schools because of government cuts, the headteacher has warned.

    'I've smoked it for 15 years': Meet the candid cannabis candidate standing in Holborn and St Pancras

    Shane O'Donnell is standing for CISTA (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol)

    Shane O'Donnell is standing for CISTA (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol)

    Published: 20 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    A CONSERVATIVE activist cancelled his membership so he could stand for Parliament for a party aiming to get cannabis legalised.

    Full moon, half moon...grey skies more like, as hundreds head to Primrose Hill for solar eclipse

    Smog and cloud cover blocked the skies Picture: Joanna Reeves/iLovePrimroseHill.com 

    Published: 20 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    HUNDREDS of who people streamed to the top of Primrose Hill to view the solar eclipse this morning were left disappointed by poor visibility and London smog.

    Speak Street 'language café' finds new home in Camden

    Jo Bevan, centre, with volunteers and language learners at a recent English session at Ay Caramba [Photo: David Rowe]

    Published: 20 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A “LANGUAGE café” has found a new home in Camden, as it carries on its mission to bring people together to improve and share their linguistic skills. 

    It's schtum at the top: Directors in dinner ladies pay row turn down interview requests

    The CNJ hand-delivers an invitation to Alastair Storey (top right), ahead of his company's talks with council leader Sarah Hayward

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    EXCLUSIVE by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    BOSSES at a multi-million-pound catering firm under fire for  refusing to pay a living wage to Camden’s school dinner ladies met Town Hall chiefs last night (Wed­nesday) in an attemp

    Drones banned on Primrose Hill but allowed on Hampstead Heath

    Drones banned on Primrose Hill but not on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    DRONE cameras, which allow users to take stunning pictures from the air, have been banned on Primrose Hill - but not Hampstead Heath.

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond suggests 'punishing' mansion tax will force Londoners to live in Yorkshire

    Philip Hammond on a 'meat' and greet in West Hampstead

    Philip Hammond on a 'meat' and greet in West Hampstead

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond joined the election trail in West Hampstead, warning voters that Labour’s plan for a mansion tax would drive people away as far as Yorkshire.

    Call for cap on school run 'cuckoos' in Hampstead as primary looks to expand

    Ward councillor Andrew Mennear opposes the expansion of St Anthony's

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    COUNCIL bosses have been urged to cap the number of pupils using Hampstead’s enclave of private schools

    Lord Fink warns plan to turn council offices into luxury hotel will be blot on King's Cross

    How the hotel could look

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LORD Fink – the former Conservative Party treasurer – has warned that new proposals to turn ex-council offices into a boutique hotel will create a “blot” on King’s Cro

    It's been 17 years, but Menswear are coming back to Camden Town

    Menswear return to Camden Town in May

    Published: 19 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THEY found a home in Camden Town’s Britpop scene of the 1990s but then disappeared from view  for more than 15 years.

    Egg-citing times ahead with The Railway Children in King's Cross

    The cast of The Railway Children will be handing out clues on the quest for Easter eggs

    Published: 18 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THERE is an Easter treat in store for those going to see The Railway Children in King's Cross next month, as ticket-holders are invited to join in an egg hunt with the cast of the show. 

    Police hunt for men in connection with Primrose Hill burglary

    CCTV stills of the three suspects that police would like to speak to 

    Published: 18 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE are looking to speak to three people in connection with a burglary in Primrose Hill, in which two computers were stolen from a flat. 

    Music and 'Food For All' at charity gig in Stables Market

    Tayo Irvine Hendrix, the daughter of Jimi Hendrix, sings on stage at Gilgamesh restaurant with members of Tayouth [All photos: Concert Photography]

    Published: 18 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    PAUL McCartney's son and Jimi Hendrix's daughter were among the revellers in Camden Town, as the they came out to support a charity gig to feed the hungry. 

    In pictures: St Patrick's Day celebrations in full swing at London Irish Centre

    Pat Nugent and Mustang get the crowd on their feet

    Published: 17 March, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    THE fun was in full swing at Camden's Irish hub today, as St Patrick's Day celebrations got underway. 

    Police hunt for man over sexual assault on a bus in Camden

    CCTV footage of the suspect aboard the 134 bus

    CCTV footage of the suspect aboard the 134 bus 

    Published: 16 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    POLICE are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the 134 bus in Camden.

    How Kentish Town underground station could look after Wahaca makeover

    The designs have been placed on public view at the Town Hall

    Published: 16 March, 2015
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    THE Mexican restaurant firm moving into Kentish Town Underground Station is set to honour the building's past with a reference to the t-shirt factory which once operated there.

    Exclusive: Legendary Kentish Town clothes shop Blustons to close

    Blustons will shut next month after a closing down sale

    Published: 16 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    A clothing store that has become a cultural landmark in Kentish Town since it first began selling women's coats and dresses more than 80 years ago is to close next month.

    Students get set to face the music as Haverstock School does X Factor

    Haverstock School are searching for their best singers [Photo: R Sones]

    Published: 16 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    STUDENTS are getting ready to sing their hearts out at Haverstock School as they take to the stage to host their very own X Factor style contest.

    Paint your plate at pop up 'colouring cafe' in Camden Town

    'Diners' can choose from plenty of dishes to brighten up with glitter and paint 

    Published: 16 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    WITH red paint ketchup and salt and pepper glitter, a pop up 'colouring café' is coming to Camden Market.

    Red Nose Day: Kids in Camden make their faces "funny for money"

    Katie, Matilda and Lola from Beckford Primary School dress up to raise money

    Published: 13 March, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    FUNNY faces were pulled, games were played, and money was raised, as schools around the borough celebrated Red Nose Day.

    New End campaigners deliver petition to Eric Pickles' office

    Gathered outside the Home Office, children, parents and teachers continue their protest

    Published: 13 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    CAMPAIGNERS against plans for a controversial new development in Hampstead visited the Home Office today to hand in their petition to Eric Pickles. 

    Police foil 'network' of pickpockets who targeted mosh-pits at Enter Shikari gigs

    Enter Shikari in action Pic: Davidenter

    Published: 13 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    POLICE and club staff teamed up to block a gang of mobile phone thieves who were believed to be following a hit metal band across the country to target their teenage fans, the New Journal can revea

    Revealed: How Camden's dinner ladies are waiting for a living wage from company with champagne portfolio

    Camden's dinner ladies protest make plea for a living wage, telling how they can hardly afford to feed their own families

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    INVESTIGATION by WILLIAM McLENNAN

    ON one side of Euston Road, Camden’s “poverty pay” school dinner ladies bashed pots and pans and told councillors they had nothing left to feed their families with but jacket pota

    Tapping the Admiral wins North London Pub of the Year award

    The pub in Castle Road prides itself on its "good beer" and "friendly atmosphere"

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A Kentish Town boozer has been crowned the North London Pub of the Year.

    Pupils claim ban on ripped jeans stems from Ofsted attack on school's scruffy teachers

    Holly Heartfield ripped jeans

    Holly Heartfield thought of the pupil campaign to change the dress code at Acland Burghley after being sent to the school's 'reflection room' in ripped jeans

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    PUPILS at a Camden secondary school claim a ban on them wearing ripped-at-the-knee jeans in the classroom is part of a backlash over their own teachers being branded scruffy by Ofsted inspectors.

    Boris Johnson insists New Year's fireworks charge was not to blame for Primrose Hill mess

    Primrose Hill on January 1: the morning after the night before 

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    BORIS Johnson has rejected claims that his decision to start charging revellers to watch the traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks display over the Thames led to thousands descending on Primro

    Who would be so cruel? Thieves steal tribute plaque from Hampstead Heath memorial bench

    Who would be so cruel? Thieves steal tribute plaque from Hampstead Heath memoria
    Jilli Royan appeals for help as she shows where the brass plaque was taken from 

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THIEVES have ripped a plaque from a memorial bench on Hampstead Heath – and now the family of the man whose life it commemorates are pleading for its return.

    Prime Minister pledges 500 new free schools - but government spikes parents' plan for new secondary in Holborn

    David Cameron revealed plans for a new wave of free schools on Tuesday, but his government has said no to the ten year campaign to open The Holborn School 

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    PRIME Minister David Cameron promised to open 500 new free schools across the country on the same day that his government dashed the hopes of parents campaigning for a new secondary in Holborn.

    Computer cock-up dishes out incorrect parking penalties

    Sally Gimson admitted the council had 'messed up'

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    THE Town Hall’s parking chief has apologised after a computer cock-up led to drivers in Gospel Oak being wrongly punished with parking fines, writes Tom Foot.

    From Thai jail to booming business: Young entrepreneur thanks The Winch for helping to turn his life around

    Amaru Fleary was held in prison for four weeks

    Amaru Fleary was held in prison for four weeks

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A BUDDING entrepreneur who was locked up in Thailand for using counterfeit money says his life has been turned around with the help of a Swiss Cottage community centre.

    Highgate Cemetery set for first new mausoleum in 100 years

    Highgate Cemetery set for first new mausoleum in 100 years

    How the new mausoleum may look

    Published: 12 March, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    THE grieving wife of a recently departed businessman wants to build a £2 million new mausoleum at Highgate Cemetery to provide a permanent resting place for her husband.

    Residents and businesses 'horrified' at plan to close Tufnell Park station for nine months

    Tim Farrell, general manager, at Aces and Eights

    Published: 11 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA and PETER GRUNER

    TUFNELL Park Underground station will be out of action for nine months while the lifts are replaced.

    Eric Pickles gets a letter from Alan Davies: Comedian writes to complain over New End development

    Alan Davies has written to the Conservatives' Eric Pickles

    Published: 11 March, 2015
    By WILLIAM McLENNAN

    THE star of Jonathan Creek has written to Conservative communities secretary Eric Pickles, urging him to stop the controversial demolition of a former nurses’ home in Hampstead. 

    Stars donate their clothes to Kentish Town pet charity shop

    Lauren Goodger with Teddy the dog outside the PDSA store in Kentish Town Road 

    Published: 11 March, 2015 
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    LAUREN Goodger, Russell Kane and Anthea Turner were among the famous faces to pop down to a Kentish Town charity shop to donate some of their old clot

    Gig to feed the hungry at Gilgamesh this Friday

    It's all for a good cause at Gilgamesh this Friday [Photo: ElPablo]

    Published: 11 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Gunman in slippers attempts to rob Kilburn payday lenders

    Police are asking witnesses to come forward

    Published: 11 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    A SLIPPER-WEARING gunman tried to hold up a payday lender shop in Kilburn over the weekend, but left empty-handed. 

    School dreams a dream by staging own version of Les Miserables

    School dreams a dream by staging own version of Les Miserables

    Pupils at La Sainte Union take on the challenge of putting on Les Mis

    Published: 10 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    STUDENTS transformed their school hall into 19th-century France as they wowed an audience with their rendition of the classic musical Les Misérables.

    From Camden School for Girls to Bletchley Park: the remarkable life of Joan Watkins

    From Camden School for Girls to Bletchley Park: the remarkable life of Joan Watk

    Joan in her wartime uniform

    Published: 10 March, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    THE husband of a Second World War codebreaker has donated documents and photographs from her remarkable stint at Bletchley Park to her former school in Camden Town. 

    Green councillor and TV historian team up for Stonehenge road protest

    Tom Holland with Cllr Berry

    Published: 10 March, 2015
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    HISTORIAN Tom Holland joined Camden's lone green councillor outside the British Museum in a bid to drum up further opposition to government plans to build a new road tunnel under Stonehenge.

    Snakes alive! Giant phone game launched in King's Cross fountains

    A game of Granary Squirt in the water jets of King's Cross

    Published: 10 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    IF you have ever wanted to play a giant game of Snake in a water fountain, now is your chance. 

    Camden Town Brewery reach crowdfunding goal for second branch

    Camden Town Brewery have raised over £1,655,000, with 30 days to go 

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    CAMDEN Town Brewery have raised enough money through their crowdfunding campaign to build a second branch.

    Crossrail accepts liability over cracking damage to council estate homes

    Crack damage in Holborn

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    CROSSRAIL has accepted liability and agreed to repair cracking damage to homes on a council estate caused by its underground tunnelling works.

    Sir Nicholas Hytner warns West End theatreland needs further investment to survive

    Sir Nicholas with Dame Joan Bakewell

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By DAN CARRIER

    FORMER National Theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner has warned that the West End’s theatre economy needs continued investment from both private and public sources to survive.

    'I no longer smell of smoke and my self-esteem is better': Quitting, after 45 years with cigarettes

    Iain Wraith

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    IAIN Wraith has quit his smoking habit of a lifetime after learning he was going to be a grandfather again.

    Conservatives mourn passing of 96-year-old activist Rosette Irwin

    Conservatives mourn passing of 96-year-old activist Rosette Irwin

    Rosette Irwin could still be found telling at polling stations in her 1990s

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CONSERVATIVES are mourning the death of the grande dame of its Hampstead branch, Rosette Irwin.

    "It looks quite medieval": Police officer tells inquest about restraining of artist who died three days after arrest

    An inquest has opened into the death of Jubel Miah

    An inquest has opened into the death of Jubel Miah

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    AN artist from Kentish Town died in hospital days after a police officer put him into a hold “just under his windpipe”, an inquest heard today (Monday).

    Trainee hairdressers give Apprentice finalist London's highest haircut in drive for new recruits

    Michael Papley and Lauren Lee-Palmer trim Daniel Lassman's hair aboard the London Eye 

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    TRAINEE hairdressers from Camden took to the skies with a pair of scissors to trim the barnet of a former Apprentice candidate on Friday, to highlight the shortage of young barbers in the capital.&

    Camden street style #37: Black coats, black shawls, black trousers, black boots

    Published: March 9, 2015
     
    In our weekly online column, ALINA POLIANSKAYA looks at who's wearing what in Camden Town
     

    Lena Bastidas from south London has added a little bit of spice to a casual outfit with her red, peep toe heels from Zara.

    Miranda Hart joins fans on Hampstead Heath for first ever 'Gallopathon' for Red Nose Day

    Miranda joins organiser Emily Turnham along with dozens of other 'Gallopers' on Hampstead Heath

    Published: 9 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Comedian Miranda Hart and Love Actually director Richard Curtis were among those galloping their way around Hampstead Heath on Saturday (March 7), in

    Tributes paid to 'wonderful vicar' as Reverend Tom Devonshire Jones dies at 81

    Tributes paid to 'wonderful vicar' as Reverend Tom Devonshire Jones dies at 81

    Rev Tom Devonshire Jones 

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By ALICE HUTTON

    A PIONEERING vicar from Regent’s Park who bridged the gap between religion and the arts has died.

    York Way butcher Phillip Cramer - founder of Cramer's - prepares for 100th birthday

    Phillip Cramer with Tracy Langley and son Freddie; right, Paul Langley runs an e

    Phillip Cramer with Tracy Langley and son Freddie; right, Paul Langley runs an eye over the ledgers

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    A BUTCHER who served up rabbit sausages to stop rationed residents from going hungry during the Second World War is getting ready to celebrate his 100th birthday.

    Rachel Reeves: Local authorities should be handed powers to stop supermarket saturation

    Labour's Rachel Reeves in Camden Town last week

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    LABOUR frontbencher Rachel Reeves has called for local authorities to be given powers to cap the number of supermarkets in an area if they can show that neighbourhoods have become saturated with th

    Superheroes, princesses and the BFG: Kids in Camden do World Book Day

    Children at Brecknock Primary School dress up as their favourite literary characters

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    Little Harry Potters, BFGs and princesses went to school yesterday, as they celebrated World Book Day. 

    Labour celebrate victory in Somers Town by-election

    New councillor Paul Tomlinson

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By RICHARD OSLEY

    CAMDEN'S Labour Party confirmed a soaring council by-election win last night (Thursday) in one of the its safest wards.

    London Irish Centre gets ready to celebrate St Patrick's Day

    The London Irish Centre in Camden Square has plenty of events lined up for March 17 

    Published: 6 March, 2015
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    WITH St Patrick's Day just around the corner, the London Irish Centre in Camden Town has plenty in store to celebrate. 

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