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Queen given flowers from Tesco Express during Ilford visit

A boy scout who gave a bunch of flowers that he had bought from Tesco Express to the Queen said that he felt “startled” and “surprised”. 12 year old Jacob Coy was one of thousands who lined the streets of Ilford for the Queen’s visit.

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Woodford Green charity bash sees performances by ‘Freddie Mercury’ and Mitch Winehouse

Everyone had the time of their lives as they danced the night away with a Freddie Mercury tribute act and Mitch Winehouse for the 20th anniversary of a Redbridge charity. Mr Winehouse is a patron of the Hopes and Dreams charity and brought along his 16 piece band to entertain the 250 guests who were at the event at the Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Woodford Green.

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Show to remember at Royal Albert Hall festival

Months of hard work culminated in an incredible night for Redbridge schoolchildren who took part in a dazzling performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The best musical talent in the area was on show as more that 1,800 pupils took part in the 19th Schools’ Choral Festival.

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‘It was like talking to my mum’, says schoolboy who spoke to Queen

A schoolboy who had a chat with the Queen as she looked at the artwork by talented, young Redbridge artists has said that “it was like talking to my mum”. The Queen was looking at the artwork of some of the borough’s schoolchildren at the Design Marquee in the grounds of Valentines Mansion.

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Huge Boost in Tourism for Ilford

TripAdvisor has named Ilford Europe’s fastest growing tourist destination in a list that presented Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations. It beat popular towns in France, the Ukraine and other areas in the UK to win the top spot.

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Cash Injection For Redbridge Road And Transport Network Improvement

The borough of Redbridge in Ilford is set to receive a cash injection of more than £5 million from the government’s £147 million Transport for London (TfL) package.

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Most Expensive Mince Pie Won by Ilford Boy

Six-year-old Mukund Soni has received an early Christmas present in the form of a mince pie that is worth £3,000. The boy received the world’s most expensive mince pie after he won it in a raffle at the Marvellous Mince Pie Manufactory at The Exchange shopping centre in Ilford, East London.

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Ilford Panto Still Going Strong

The Kenneth More Theatre (KMT), Ilford, is hosting its 37th pantomime: ″Jack and the Beanstalk″. Ilford has had an annual pantomime since the tradition started in 1975, with ″Dick Whittington″. Until recently the shows were written by theatre manager Vivyan Ellacott with help from his brother, Nigel. However, it’s all changed in 2011 as Steven Day, the present manager, has taken over from Vivyan.

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Young Citizens everywhere you look

The Young Citizen Award has found some incredible stories this year, from a mountain climbing teenager who has helped others with his charitable work to a self-taught piano playing fundraiser.

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Roadshow launched to get Newham’s over 50s fitter!

There will be a roadshow launched in Ilford, to encourage people aged over 50 in the area to get fitter and healthier. The roadshow, which will be based in the Stratford Centre is part of the Go London campaign, and come just a year before London will be full of sports enthusiasts for the 2012 Olympics in the capital.

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