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Knighthood for Finsbury Park-born war photographer Don McCullin

Don McCullin

Don McCullin grew up in Fonthill Road. PHOTO: PAUL THOMPSON  

Published: 6 January, 2017

FINSBURY Park-born war photographer Don McCullin and a foster carer couple are among those with Islington links to be recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. 

Mr McCullin, 81, who grew up in Fonthill Road but now lives in Somerset, said he felt “warmed” to be given a knighthood for services to photography, and vowed to continue with his work until he “can’t press that button any more”.

In 1961, he travelled to Germany without any professional credentials or assignments and came back with images depicting the crucial moments in the construction of the Berlin Wall. It landed him a spread in the pages of the Observer.

He later travelled the world to cover conflicts in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Congo, Lebanon, Vietnam and Cambodia. Last month he travelled to Iraq to photograph the Battle of Mosul but said he was “finished” with covering war.

Also recognised were foster carers Anjana and Krushnah Appiah, who were made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of their services to children. Since 2003 they have fostered 12 children of differing backgrounds and religions, including children with disabilities. They have also mentored new foster carers.

Candy Burgess, widely known as Candy Holder, the council’s head of pupil services, also received an MBE. Over a career spanning 37 years she has made a “major contribution” to transforming the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Islington, the council said.

Town Hall leader Richard Watts added: “Every day foster carers and council staff make a positive difference to the lives of a huge number of people in our ­community.

“They do this without thought of recognition or fanfare. We’re very proud of the hard work of our foster carers, and our head of pupil ­services, and their ­recognition in the New Year Honours.”

Cathy Blair, who retired last year after 35 years of public service, was given an MBE for services to children’s social work. She worked for Islington Council for seven years, where she was director of targeted and specialist children and families services. 

The Town Hall has in recent years repeatedly appealed for new ­families to offer a caring home for some of the most vulnerable young people.

For more information about foster caring, call 0800 073 0428 or email


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