What first brought you to Archway?
I was born here, in the maternity hospital in Hanley Road - it's a block of flats now! Since then, I've almost never left - though when I was being a rebellious teenager I did go to live with my mother and step-father for a while. Of all places, they were living in Windsor Great Park (my step-father was a plumber for the Crown Estate). It was so dull - nothing ever happened! I left as soon as I could and came back to Archway.
That was a great party time - lots of peace and love... We would think nothing of jumping in a van and going off to Brighton for breakfast after an all-night party.
When the first Beatles film came out we practically occupied the Odeon cinema on Junction Road. There were continuous performances in those days, so if you ducked down when one showing ended you could stay for the next and then the next!
You're very active in the community here.
You could say that! I'm on the board of trustees of Peabody (the housing charity), a trustee of Hargrave Community Centre, Chair of the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, an Independent Custody Visitor (we check that the legal rights of people in custody are respected) and Governor of Hargrave Park School. But that's all!
And the secret of Archway's attraction?
It's always changing. I can remember a place with a great sense of community, where children played freely because everyone was keeping an eye on them, even though bomb-sites were our playgrounds. But it was also a place of great hardships. My family was regarded as posh by some of my schoolfriends because we had a bathroom. (The fact that it was down two flights of stairs and shared with other families was neither here nor there). And although I've never moved, I now live in a place where there's great hope for the future. By the time all the work on redeveloping the area round the Tower and sorting out the gyratory is finished we will truly be the Gateway to Islington!