Burn, baby, burn: lighting up to claim the territory once again
SUNSHINE HAS brought a resumption of the undeclared war of London Fields that rumbled around the legendary park last year when le tout ShoHo discovered its open spaces and two adjacent and hip pubs.
More events than ever are being proposed to Hackney council’s planning department, which always consults the London Fields User Group of residents, who tend to mumble about the commercialisation of their beloved open space, known internationally from a Martin Amis novel
, and then, being tolerant people, give their approval.
The fashionistas and Dalstoners, meanwhile, like to amble through Broadway (“Runway”) Market, and cross the road to picnic in the park, regardless of permits.
When the number of barbecue burns in the park becomes too much for the more genteel local residents, they touchingly place tiny memorial crosses in the scorched patches of grass.
These are the events so far known to Loving Dalston to have been proposed:
* Sat 4 and Sun 5 June 4: Little London Fields (free) Festival. A hit with revellers last year
* Sat 11 June, Sat 2 July, 6 Sat August: Gig on the Park;
* Sat 11 June, 10.30am-midnight or 11.30-2.30pm, Ministry of Sound DJ show to plug a Deadmau5
concert in Victoria Park;
* Sat 13 Aug, 3pm-9pm: Freedom Run, 5km run/walk fundraiser for (Asian) Indian children. Event will end with a concert of Indian music;
*Between Mon 16; Sun 22 (date to be decided): Dying Matters. St Joseph’s
Hospice Community Choir sings unaccompanied; to remind passers-by that they may one day have recourse to a hospital for the dying.
David Altheer 090411