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Q&A: My Redbridge - singer Kal Lavelle

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 June 2018

Kal Lavelle

Ilford singer Kal Lavelle who has supported acts like Ed Sheeran and Bastille has just launched her first album For The Loved and Lost which in the first week charted in the top 50 albums on Itunes. Here she shares her thoughts on the borough.

What is your connection with the borough?

South Woodford was the first place I lived in when I moved from Ireland to London. And then a year and a half ago I moved to Ilford.

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

Great food places in Ilford – Titanic for all day (huge) breakfasts, Valentine Café in Cranbrook Road serves the best homemade pasta and coffee I have ever tasted, and Sultan serves delicious Turkish, again huge and delicious portions.

And then after all that great food, a walk through the beautiful Valentines Park.

What one thing would you change?

I think there should be more police visibility on the street. I hear a lot of sirens, but I rarely see “bobbies on the beat” in Ilford…

Use three words to describe the borough.

Multicultural, busy and vibrant.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

In music, probably Ed Sheeran. I’ve known him since he was 16, I’ve toured with him and watched his rise to stardom.

I admire his self belief, his humble nature and his outstanding work ethic. He’s just a thoroughly decent human being.

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

I’d introduce a law that you can’t talk loudly over music in a music venue. We are all there to listen to the music, not listen to the strangers next to us moan about their terrible week in work! Lol!

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

Well, I wouldn’t focus on the “issues” actually, I would focus on the positivity that is everywhere within the borough and in Ilford! I would introduce a “local hero” section in the paper and underneath there would be an email for people to nominate their own “local hero” each week.

For instance The Chicken Spot shop owner in Cranbrook Road that gives away free food every Thursday to the homeless and elderly!!

These are the things we should be highlighting. These are the people that make Ilford great!

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