Daughter pays tribute to Redbridge Pearly Queen, Peggy Oliver

PUBLISHED: 09:50 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:50 24 September 2015

Peggy Oliver at the Wanstead Christmas lights (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Peggy Oliver at the Wanstead Christmas lights (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)


The daughter of Redbridge’s much-loved Pearly Queen has praised her mother’s “loving spirit” and determination to help others.

Peggy Oliver with Chantél Glanville at a street party celebrating the Royal wedding in 2011Peggy Oliver with Chantél Glanville at a street party celebrating the Royal wedding in 2011

Peggy Oliver, 84, died after her Nissan Micra collided with another car in Cambridgeshire after visiting a sick relative on Saturday.

Peggy, of Parkes Road, Chigwell was pronounced dead at the scene, along with her sister-in-law, 77-year-old Joyce Carr MBE, the Pearly Queen of Southwark.

Her daughter, Caroline Andrews, said there was “no stopping” her mother. “She would never retire,” she said. “She loved Redbridge and raising money through her charity work.

“A few months ago she estimated to a friend that she had raised over £800,000 for charity, which is just incredible.”

Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Barbara White, led tributes to “a wonderful woman” by singing her favourite song Mairzy Doats at the Ilford Blind Welfare Association club on Monday, where Peggy was due to attend.

Barbara said the loss of Peggy would be felt by everyone. “We have lost a big chunk of Redbridge,” she said. “She was the most wonderful woman and I cannot believe we have lost our girl. I hope we continue to honour her generosity and her spirit.”

Also travelling in the car was the daughter of Joyce, Denise, and she remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Former deputy mayor of Redbridge, Thomas Howl, 71, said Peggy, who was a Pearly Queen for 34 years, was always a wonderful friend to everyone.

“She raised thousands of pounds over the years for different charities and always generously donated half to the Mayor’s Appeal.

“I will miss my great friend and our curry nights together.”

General manager at Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre, Steven Day, said he wouldn’t forget her “beaming smile”.

“Peggy was a true lady in every sense of the word. Her commitment and dedication to all the charities and organisations she worked tirelessly for was outstanding. The KMT is indebted to her for her.”

Pearly Queen of Bow Bells and Old Kent Road, Doreen Golding, said Peggy’s death has affected the entire Pearly Kings & Queens Association: “She really epitomised the spirit of the Pearlies in giving freely to everyone.

“She lived life to the full and was generous to a fault. She supported everyone and anyone, regardless of race, gender and background.

“I was honoured when she invited me and my husband Larry, who passed away in 2011, to be her pearly helpers – a role which started us on our journey to become pearly king and queen ourselves.”

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