The Coronation Avenue Campaign is hoping that Stoke Newington will do its bit for a good cause this weekend – by eating lots of cake!
This Saturday, 11th December, there are going to be two fundraising stalls for Coronation Avenue: there is a bric a brac stall (plus some Coronation Avenue mugs) at the Winter Fair at St. Paul’s, opposite Coronation Avenue; plus an information stall where they will be selling the mugs at the Farmer’s Market, at William Patten School on Stoke Newington Church Street, which will be running from 10-2.30.
Over the past months plans have been afoot to honour the victims of a local tragedy. In one of London’s worst disasters of the Blitz, a 550lb bomb tore through the flats at Coronation Avenue – next to Stoke Newington police station on the High Street – killing over 160 of the men, women and children who had taken refuge in the air raid shelters beneath the flats.
The campaign began when father of two Simon Eaton of Palatine Road came up with the idea of marking the 70th anniversary of the tragedy by installing a plaque on the building. Soon a campaign was being spearheaded by Simon and other voluntary helpers – Rev. Niall Weir, of St.Paul’s Church in West Hackney; Hackney Councillor Louisa Thomson; Nicola Baboneau of The
Learning Trust and Camilla Loewe of TimeLine.
For more information on this event and some interesting and fun facts about Stoke Newingtons rich heritage, Stoke Newington Time Line