Search

Flashback: A Chigwell showjumper, the salvation of Ilford High Road and campaigners’ Central line victory

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 October 2017

Flashback

Flashback

Archant

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

1957:A Chigwell 14-year-old showjumper was backing her chances of being placed at the national Horse of the Year show despite bookies giving her just a 100-1 chance.

Speaking from her home in Manor Road, Chigwell, the youngster told the Recorder that anything could happen.

She said: “Everything has to be right. You have to approach the fence at the right moment, take off and land at just the right second.”

The young rider, who was facing off against more than 100 other juvenile riders in the competition, rode her own ponies, Acton Lass and Nippy III.

And the keen rock and roll fan and Elvis Pressley admirer, stood to win a grand prize of £150 if, against all odds, she took home the top prize.

1977:The opening of two superstores to breathe new life into Ilford’s shopping centres rejuvenated hopes of a christmastime shopping bonanza.

Boots and Littlewoods announced this week that their giant new High Road department stores would open on October 20 and November 9 respectively.

The projects represented a multi-million pound investment in the town centre at a time when concerns were rising its economy could not compete against the nearby centres of Romford and Stratford.

The Greater London Council also pledged £8.5million to help convert the High Road into a pedestrianised shopping centre.

1997: Central line commuters won a much needed victory when it was announced that London Underground would not be permanently closing entrances at two of Redbridge’s stations.

Instead of being bricked up, plans were drawn to install automatic ticket barriers at Woodford and South Woodford stations by Easter 1998, complete with CCTV cameras.

The revelations came from a letter sent by Central line manager Geoff Thackwray to Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Bond, who had organised a resident’s campaign when fears began to circulate the busy entrances might be closed permanently.

Transport bosses had previously closed the entrances to combat loss of revenue due to fraudulent travel, as the gates could not be manned throughout the day.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

The latest news from the Hainault Roads Club

Yesterday, 14:00

After the excitement of the inaugural Athletics World Cup at London Stadium, fans can expect more drama at the Muller Anniversary Games this weekend.

Yesterday, 17:24

Stylish residents looking for a new summer wardrobe can now bag the latest trends and help a good cause at the same time.

Yesterday, 15:05

A 13-year-old who makes more than 50 sandwiches a week for the borough’s rough sleepers is this week’s nominee for our Young Citizen Award.

Yesterday, 13:03

Redbridge’s cabinet member for young people has insisted the council’s performance in tackling youth crime “remains strong”, despite a new report revealing a huge increase in teenage reoffenders.

Yesterday, 12:11

Road closures have now been removed in the areas surrounding Wanstead Flats after a massive grass fire broke out last Sunday (July 15).

Yesterday, 12:00

Leyton Orient spent most of last week in Albufeira before returning to England to defeat East Thurrock United in a friendly

Yesterday, 11:33

A Barkingside secondary school has appointed a new headteacher.

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now