Redbridge’s Pearly Queen, Peggy Oliver, killed in car crash

PUBLISHED: 13:43 22 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:30 22 September 2015

Pearly Queen Peggy Oliver

Pearly Queen Peggy Oliver


Pearly Queen of Redbridge, Peggy Oliver, 84, has died in a car crash in Cambridgeshire, alongside her sister-in-law.

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

Peggy Oliver, of Parkes Road, Chigwell, was driving her silver Nissan Micra in Kings Ripton, Cambridgeshire at about 7.45pm on Saturday evening, when it collided with a black Nissan Qashqai.

Peggy died at the scene, along with her sister-in-law, 77-year-old Joyce Carr MBE, the Pearly Queen of Southwark,

The daughter of Joyce Carr and niece of Peggy, Denise, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she remains in a stable condition.

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

He said: “I knew Peggy for twenty five years and she was a great friend and a wonderful person.

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

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

A spokeswoman for The Original Pearly Kings & Queens Association said: “These two Pearly Queens have spent their lives with their families raising funds and promoting various charities in London and around the country.

“This is a very sad time for our members who all knew and worked with them, so we share their loss and send our condolences to the two families.”

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