Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 December 2017


Local historian David Martin is the founder member of Fairlop Heritage Group and a regular contributor to the Recorder’s heritage page

What’s your connection with the borough?

Due to untimely attention from the Luftwaffe, my maternity home was evacuated and I was born in Tyringham Hall, Buckinghamshire and lived in the borough since I was a few weeks old.

I went to Fairlop School, started my working life as an apprentice toolmaker and ended as a cartographer producing digital mapping. Founder member of Fairlop Heritage Group and an active member of Neighbourhood Watch in Fairlop Ward, determined to publicise our local history and to do my bit to keep neighbours safe.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The open spaces, Fairlop Waters, Claybury Park and Hainault Forest. With good transport links, there are equal opportunities to visit the City or countryside.

What one thing would you change?

Drastic steps are needed to reduce speeding, and the use of mobiles whilst driving, prevalent throughout Redbridge.

Use three words to describe the area.

Friendly, sociable and usually safe.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I have three.

Valerie Seabridge, I have known Rikki since I was a cub, aged eight.

Eric Sykes, who did not let his disabilities hinder his career.

My friend Harold Bennett, a Spitfire pilot, the first to fly from RAF Station Fairlop.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

Introduce a Charter, to make each person responsible for their actions, their children and their local environment.

If you were the editor of this paper what issues in the borough would you focus on?

To educate folk with regard to dropping litter and spitting, then name and shame those who get caught.


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