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Q&A: DJ Tricia Butler

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 December 2017

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Tricia Butler was born and bred in Barking.

The married mother-of-two met her husband in the borough and works part-time in the City. Tricia is also a soul DJ with a weekend residency at The George pub in Hornchurch.

What is your connection with the borough?

I was born and bred in Barking and have many happy childhood memories of growing up in the borough. From the magnificent Barking Park with its miniature railway, boating lake, paddling pool and fabulous Lido, to the annual Barking Carnival which set off from Mayesbrook Park and ended in Barking Park with the arrival of the funfair.

One of the highlights being Diana Dors in all her glory, waving regally to the crowds from an open top pink Rolls Royce to the iconic Barking Odeon.

Lastly I have magical memories of each Christmas going to visit Fred Aldis Christmas display with my mum, dad and sister in the front garden of his house along Longbridge Road.

Fred was probably the first in the area to do this, with all proceeds going to charity

I met my husband in Connolly’s nightclub in Barking.

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

The best thing about living in the borough is the transport links. Barking Station is the local transport hub serving the tube, the London Overground, c2c and London bus routes.

You can get to work in the City within 20 minutes, shopping in Westfield within 10 or having fish and chips along Southend seafront within 30 minutes.

The worlds your oyster living in Barking.

What one thing would you change?

I would demolish the Vicarage Fields shopping centre and bring Barking back to how it was before being pedestrianised.

Three words to describe the area?

Historic, diverse, up and coming.

Who is the most inspiring person you have met?

This has got to be my beloved mum...Mary.

She was without doubt the most inspiring person in my life....kind, caring, loving, generous and incredibly funny.

Mary was a real character and had an amazing zest for life, with a larger than life personality.....everyone loved my mum!

Mary was hugely popular and had lots of friends in the local community, having worked in Barking Hospital for over 20 years.

What new law would you introduce?

I would reverse the Sunday opening laws and give families back their weekends.

If you were editor of the Post what would you focus on?

Tackling teenage crime, the lack of housing and bringing back the pubs!

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