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Elderly woman who sold Big Issue in Camden High Street for ten years dies of heart attack

Ann McImnerley died while working at her pitch outside Marks and Spencer

11 January, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Anne McImnerly and Peter Bird

AN elderly woman who became a well-known face in Camden Town after spending 10 years selling The Big Issue in the high street has died.

Anne McImnerly passed away just before Christmas after suffering a heart attack while selling the magazine at her pitch outside Marks & Spencer. Passers-by and then paramedics had tried to resuscitate the 78-year-old after she collapsed. Peter Bird, national distribution director at The Big Issue, said: “Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew her at The Big Issue. She would arrive like clockwork with her shopping trolley on a Monday morning, start by telling us her latest joke and leave again with a wry smile.”

He added: “Anne was always so happy and full of enthusiasm at the thought of seeing her regular customers in Camden. She had been with us for many years and benefited greatly from the social contact afforded by selling the magazine. We often said ‘It’s time to hang up your trolley’, but she said she would miss the friends she had made whilst selling too much. Rest in peace, Anne.”

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