Harrington: Sadiq Khan; Amelia Dimoldenberg; Bunty Oliver; Fanny Wilkinson

Friday, 10th June

Sadiq Khan

SADIQ Khan, above, who you may know grew up in Tooting, isn’t a fan of any of the football teams in London. Instead, he supports Liverpool – 220 miles away. “Glory supporter” would be an easy jibe, but isn’t it lucky that Liverpool FC wanted to give him two tickets to their match against Norwich City at Anfield back in February – a gift labelled in the hospitality register as a “stakeholder engagement” event.

AFTER years and years of opposition Paul Dimoldenberg is a big man at last, having seen Labour take control of the city council. Despite a cabinet elevation, he will struggle to match the fame of his daughter Amelia, above, however. The star social media influencer whose TikTok videos can catch more than a million views, and a remixed video of her interviewing Louis Theroux for her Chicken Shop Date series has been a trending sound for weeks.

• PEOPLE aren’t just called names like Bunty Oliver, above, any more. Maybe Soho’s Bunty was from another age, but it’s 10 years this month since her death at 93 and in certain parts she is still remembered for her time in the 1970s as an active member of the Soho Society, and her actor son Ian’s work putting on pantos at St Anne’s Church. Harrington always loved Ian’s description of her: “She was a cross between Benny Hill and Buddha.” A character from the old days for sure.

AS Harrington reported last week, English Heritage erected its plaque up to pioneer gardener Fanny Wilkinson, above, this week. Take a look, you can now spot it at her former home in Shaftesbury Avenue. Recognising the UK’s first female pro landscaper and a woman who made such an important role in creating public open spaces in the city, it’s one back in the lop-sided scales that has seen far more blue plaques put up to men than women. Hopefully more people will now be better versed in Fanny’s sterling work.

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