Q&A: My Redbridge - Geoff Seeff, chairman of the Woodford Festival

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 October 2018

Geoff Seeff with his wife Deana, right, and Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur Thiara. Picture: MELISSA PAGE

Geoff Seeff with his wife Deana, right, and Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur Thiara. Picture: MELISSA PAGE


Geoff Seeff is the chairman of the Woodford Festival that took place last week in venues across Woodford.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

I have lived in the borough since the age of 11 (quite a few years ago). I went to Beal Grammar, have stood as a Lib Dem local council candidate in most elections since 1982, albeit without success, and I am currently chairman of the Woodford Festival.

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

Whilst tempted to say the festival I am going to nominate Valentines Park (along with many other parks) and its transport connections.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

We desperately need more publicly accessible swimming pools. The aforementioned Valentines Park once had a magnificent outdoor pool in which I and my contemporaries learned to swim and which generally kept us out of trouble.

Use three words to describe the borough

Diverse. Vibrant. Comfortable.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

I am going to have to say my wife, Deanna, not simply because I have to face her after this interview, but because, as indeed many others, she came to this country from overseas, learned the language, adopted the culture, studied after bringing up our children and has made a great success of her chosen career.

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

I would stand up in front of the country and tell my compatriots that we have made a great mistake in holding a referendum on our relationship with the EU and that, as a representative democracy, we are going to have a properly informed free vote in Parliament on remaining or leaving.

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

The usual issues of housing, education and crime and all their ramifications cannot be ignored. However, it would good if the paper promoted more arts events in the borough.

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