Ally McKinlay


“I met a young girl; she gave me a rainbow”: my experience of Croydon PrideFest 2017

Posted on August 8th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. No Comments

In the heart of Croydon, unity is symbolised by a rainbow flowerbed

The clock is ticking and the warm summer days are flying by. The kids are off school, holidays are being taken, festivals have come and gone along with numerous events across our amazing borough. One of those festivals, Croydon PrideFest 2017, was a colourful gathering and celebration in the Queen’s Gardens on the Saturday 15th … Read More »



March 2016 in brief

Posted on April 6th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The news highlights for March 2016 in Croydon, compiled by the Citizen team

Confirmation that Fairfield Halls will close on 15th July for two years

The Croydon Advertiser reported at the end of February that the Fairfield Halls will close its doors for two years as its £30 million rebuild begins. Fairfield (Croydon) Ltd, the charity which operates the building, had dropped its opposition … Read More »



I’m not even involved with Saffron Central but it’s already my favourite thing in Croydon. Here’s why.

Posted on October 28th, by Neil Ridulfa in Culture. 1 Comment

Neil Ridulfa on the meaning – and the treasure – of Croydon’s saffron farm

If you’re a Croydon Citizen reader, you will no doubt be familiar with the Saffron Central project launched by Croydon Radio‘s Ally McKinlay. I have, with ever expanding joy, been following its progress without having visited any of the newly minted, mini-crocus farms cropping up in the borough. Yet I feel connected to … Read More »