Dave Ferris: neighbourhood worker who led collective action and fostered a community spirit

By Nick Bailey, Helen Haigh, and Mairi Mills Dave Ferris (left) with partner Adrian Dowson. Dave Ferris, who died in April, was a community worker at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre for more than two decades, and was highly regarded by his colleagues and the management of the organisation. Generous in spirit, and genuinely democratic, it …

Mike Pentelow: much-loved journalist, communist, and author

Mike Pentelow in pub.

By Peter Kirker Mike Pentelow enjoying music and a drink at the King and Queen pub in September 2018. Mike Pentelow, who died suddenly at home in April, was a long serving contributor to Fitzrovia News and Tower, its predecessor, editor-in-chief for 13 years, and an accomplished trade union journalist and author. His book Characters …

The estate agent known as ‘King of the Showrooms’ during rag trade heyday

Irving Howard Brecker is one of the founding partners of the Robert Irving Burns estate agents in Margaret Street. He and his two colleagues set up the business in 1962.  Irving Howard Brecker has been working as an estate agent in Fitzrovia since 1962. “Great Portland Estates had just sold off all their residential properties …

Memorial service for man who died sleeping rough in Fitzrovia park

Flowers, candle and card.

A memorial service will be held this Friday (21 September) at a church soup kitchen for a man who died while sleeping rough in Whitfield Gardens public open space. The man, known as Igor, was originally from Ukraine and died in his sleep on 31 August near where his friends were also sleeping rough. According …

The ‘most purebred Fitzrovian of them all’ dies at age 81

Sally Fiber portrait.

Sally Fiber who was conceived and born in an upstairs room in the pub that gave Fitzrovia its name has died aged 81. She lived above the Fitzroy Tavern for the first 17 years of her life while her parents ran the pub that was the hub of London's bohemian society and loved by writers. …

Announcement: Diana Simmonds

White spring flowers.

The family of DIANA SIMMONDS who sadly passed away on 30th April 2017 would like to invite all who knew her to a celebration service. When: 20th May 2017; Where: Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, King’s Cross, London WC1H 8JU; Time: 12 midday.

From ‘Take One!’ to bake one, Rebecca takes the biscuit

Woman holding a big cake.

Rebecca Carrigan runs the BlueberryBlue catering and event company from Fitzrovia. Rebecca’s previous job was a film production manager, in the office that produced commercials, TV shows, feature films and the well known Comic Strip series from the 1980s to 1990s. After her daughter was born in 2008 Rebecca wanted a career that did not …

Ron Gauld, organiser of 1973 Fitzrovia Festival dies

Part of the original Fitzrovia Festival poster from 1973.

Ron Gauld one of the organisers of the very first Fitzrovia Festival has died after a short illness. He was taken ill a few weeks ago and later died in University College Hospital. His partner Janet was with him when he passed away on Tuesday. He was aged 83. Gauld who lived in Ridgmount Gardens was very …

Author hopes to challenge readers’ assumptions with near-future fiction

Local author Stephen Oram lives on Cleveland Street and has been a resident of Fitzrovia for over twenty years. Stephen was born and brought up in Kettering Northamptonshire. “It’s a small market town and growing up I felt on the fringe of things and a bit of an outsider," he says. "When punk came along …

My commute: Maya de Souza cycles from Highgate to Millbank

Woman standing with folding bicycle.

Maya de Souza passes through Fitzrovia on her commute to work from Highgate to Millbank. Cycling from the north to the south of the London Borough of Camden and into the City of Westminster gives her the opportunity to see at first hand the challenges of managing London's environment. It's something that comes in handy …

The fascinating life and work of Naomi Blake

By News Reporters Naomi Blake the artist who created the sculpture which sits in Fitzroy Square gardens recently celebrated her 90th birthday. This month The Curwen & New Academy Gallery are holding a special exhibition to celebrate her work which will include highlights from throughout her career.  Alongside the exhibition a book -- Naomi Blake: Dedication in Sculpture -- which catalogues …