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Harlow is 75: A Celebration of Global Harlow

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THIS is our second interview with a Harlow resident who hails from Canada. Lisa Fish is the deputy headteacher at Pemblerley Academy. We met her at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) annexe in Old Harlow. Lisa paints a picture on life on the east…

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IT may seem appropriate that in the week that soap opera Neighbours ended, we interviewed the daughter of the man who wrote the theme tune for another Aussie soap, The Sullivans. However, we know Eugenie Harvey as the former deputy leader of Harlow Council, who…

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MAY we firstly thank everyone associated with the Church of Pentecost based at St Paul’s Church in College Square, Harlow. We got in contact with Eric Southard and a number of elders from the church. We told them about the Harlow is 75 project. They…

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THE next film in our series of 75 interviews turns to the Republic of Ireland. Tony Maher has been a key figure in the Harlow Irish community since the sixties. Tony is from Monasterevin in Co.Kildare. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monasterevin At one stage over 10% of the population…

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WHEN we interviewed PAH nurse and union rep Waida Forman in 2017 about why she came to Harlow, we made a fleeting reference to her home on the island of Mauritius. Five years later, we returned to speak to Waida about her early years off…

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OUR next Harlow is 75 interview takes us to Switzerland. We have known Anita Schultschik for several years through her music as she is a fine singer and pianist. But we wanted Anita to take us back to her home town of Uster and paint…

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IT IS hot, it is sweaty and it is intense down at the Ladyshot base of Harlow Boxing Club. But training away, most nights, is Ali. Ali Sharali Hemadzai has just been in Harlow for two years since arriving from Afghanistan. It is clear that…

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THIS will be our first visit to the football fields which are graced by Changing Lives FC. Changing Lives are a refugee-filled team based in Harlow. We went to the Northbrooks Playing Fields to speak to Egyptian-born Fehti Ahmed. He was brought up into city…

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WE first met Reka Kohhegyi when, during the pandemic, she was making crocheted figures for charity. She made Sir David Attenborough, Sir Captain Tom Moore, NHS nurses and many more. Knowing that Reka was from Hungary, we thought she would be an ideal interviewee for…

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YH has known Hungarian-born Monika Iyinbor for a number of years. Monika works at Princess Alexandra Hospital. She has been a member of Harlow Athletics Club. The last time we saw her run was in the Race for Life. But we went to visit the…

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HUNDREDS of residents and community groups were presented with special certificates and prizes for getting involved in the big Spring Clean in Harlow. From scout groups, running clubs, families and individuals, they all helped up clean up their town. The leader of Harlow Council, cllr…

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OUR next three interviews are women from Hungary. The influx of residents from Eastern Europe has been a welcome boost to the make up of the town. We went up to the green opposite St Mary Magdalene Church to interview Flora Whelehan about her home…

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A SPECIAL blue plaque to mark the contribution of the Alberni String Quartet to culture in Harlow and across the world was unveiled at St Johns Arc in Old Harlow on Friday. The plaque was unveiled by the vice-chair of Harlow Council, councillor Sue Livings.…

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MANY people will recognise Nagmeh Teymourain Yates as the break out star of Emma Willis documentary series in the Maternity Department of Princess Alexandra Hospital. After we had interviewed Nagmeh about her career as a midwife, during which she delivered over 5,500 babies, we then…

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THERE is a fascinating exhibition at Harlow Museum which chronicles the history of live music in the town. Live music was the life blood of the town for many years. Now it appears to be on life support. So our interview with music promoter Adam…

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THERE is a much-loved and highly cherished corner of Harlow that is forever Canada. The link is the Memorial University of Newfoundland who since the early seventies have a base in Old Harlow. So it would only be right that, as part of our global…