Celebration of Redbridge business champ’s life held today

Business people from all over the borough will gather today to celebrate the life of chamber of commerce chairman Julie Woodward.

Julie died suddenly last month, aged 74, while on holiday in her native Ireland, prompting a flood of tributes from the business community and beyond.

She worked tirelessly to improve the lot of local businesses, inspiring young people through her work with the business education Partnership (ReBEP).

The event at the Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford, at 4pm, is billed as giving people a chance reflect on the life of a “much loved member of the Redbridge community, someone who spent a lifetime selflessly and generously contributing her time and effort to improving the lives of so many local individuals and business people”.

Speakers will include Cllr Alan Weinberg and Mike Crocker from the chamber. Those attending are asked to gather at the theatre at 3.30pm.

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Widower Ray said he was touched by all the tributes to his wife and added she would be “thrilled to bits” with the plan for the celebration event.

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