It is a sad day for London. After over two decades in business, a news stand in Camden that has been described as an ‘institution’ is going to close on Saturday due to declining sales. The founders and close friends, George Richardson and Colin Taylor, now respectively 78 and 77, have been running their stall for 22 years, working long 11-hour days.
The news stand known for its diverse selection of publications is at the heart of the borough, just a stone’s throw away from Camden Town tube station, on Parkway NW1. There are papers and magazines from all over Europe and North America, with a particularly large amount of Irish titles (including the quaintly-titled Ballincollig News, Donegal People’s Press, and The Fingal Independent). They have good taste too: the stand used to stock Time Out London back in our paid-for days.
The pair have actually been involved in selling newspapers and magazines for a total of 54 years, when after a 32-year stint at Victoria Coach Station, they moved to their current home in 1992. But the future was always going to be bleak for those in the print industry, especially with the apocalyptically-named bar The World’s End in view from the news stand itself. That hasn’t stopped locals and tourists alike mourning its loss.
So go and wave goodbye to the old news stand on Saturday, and make sure you buy something interesting. Peter Yeung