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Post People: Doodles of Dagenham landmarks a hit on social media

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 October 2014

Doodle of Dagenham

Doodle of Dagenham

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Scott Redmond, 44, posted drawings of places in the borough, past and present, online. He tells Adam Barnett how his Dagenham Days project took off on Twitter and Facebook by stirring people’s memories

Doodle of Church Elm LaneDoodle of Church Elm Lane

“I was born and bred in Dagenham, in Rush Green. I’ve still got family there. My daughter still lives there. She’s 24 now.

“Dagenham Days came out of jotting down memories from my childhood in the 1970s and 80s. It kept growing from talking about school days, Woolworths and things like that, into a much more personal thing.

“Other memories from my family gave me conflicting information, which fired up my interest levels. It’s kind of like being a detective in your own life.

“I took it to social media because we all do Facebook and Twitter, however much we love or loath them at times.

Scott RedmondScott Redmond

“I wanted to get it out of the bubble of people I know.

“I shared parts I’d written. One of the things I was missing was photos of places where I grew up.

“I got in touch with Valence House, and I doodled a map. I’m no artist, but I put it on social media and everyone sort of came back and said ‘we like it’ and ‘keep sticking with it’.

“So I’ve been churning out these places in Dagenham. And you get so many people liking it. They say they want to buy them. It’s very flattering, really.

“It jogs other people’s memories, places that are no longer there in Dagenham. It’s places we all see and are familiar with, but because it’s in doodle form people just engage with it. It talks to them.

“The thing I like about social media is it gives you instant feedback.

“So I do a doodle and I might think it’s okay but with social media I can get messages saying, ‘we like it, leave it as it is, don’t mess with it’. I like constructive criticism.

“The area has changed a lot over the decades. People are scared of change. This place has changed beyond recognition.

“But the thing with Dagenham is it’s still home.

“It’s where I grew up. I cut my teeth there, met my friends there, and met my girlfriend there.

“Bricks and mortar don’t matter that much, really.”

For more visit @DagenhamDays on Twitter


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