BRIGHTER – Angel Day 2018 a big success

The Angel came alive last Saturday (17 November) for our second Angel Day and the Christmas lights switch-on.

The day saw record numbers of people come to the town centre to enjoy activities and entertainment with footfall monitors across the Angel showing increased numbers as the day progressed and a large spike at about 6pm as the festivities came to an end.

Hundreds of families flocked to Islington Fire Station to enjoy an afternoon of fun including the opportunity to try on fire and police uniforms and climb aboard fire engines.  Visitors to the station were also able to try their hand at ‘angel making’ and puppetry courtesy of Little Angel Theatre and were treated to live performances by a ukulele group and carol singers from The Claremont Project. Elsewhere, visitors to Chapel Market enjoyed live music, free hot chocolate, angel shortbread, festive sweets and balloons, and Father Christmas himself made an appearance alongside Su Pollard.  As dusk fell, Camden Passage came alive to the sound of musicians playing festive classics and free roasted chestnuts and goodies for all.

Throughout the afternoon The Bowbelles, two incredible 12ft tall walking Christmas decorations, paraded the streets of the Angel bringing a sparkle to proceedings.

Angel Central put on entertainment throughout the afternoon in the lead up to the grand lights switch-on at 5pm which was watched by a crowd of around 500 people.

We would like to thank all those who were involved in making the say such a success including the London Fire Brigade and all the staff at Islington Fire Station, Angel Central, Little Angel Theatre, The Chocolate Shop in Chapel Market, David Twydell and the Chapel Market Traders’ Association, Parris Langridge (Markets Development Officer at Islington Council), The Claremont Project, VIVO Catering, the Hilton Hotel, Fast Break Workers Cafe, Hoxley & Porter and, of course, our Angel Police Team.