BBC Essex’s Sadie Nine picks her favourite Essex things

PUBLISHED: 10:51 03 June 2014

EXG JUN 14 five things

EXG JUN 14 five things

Sadie Nine

Sadie Nine currently presents a radio phone-in show on BBC Essex. She has also presented shows on BBC London 94.9fm and LBC 97.3fm amongst others. Before her career in radio, Sadie was a singer, once hailed as the ‘Russian Madonna’ as she toured the then USSR with her Russian album. She went on to headline a show in Dalian, China for five months and have a No 4 in the US Billboard Clubplay Chart with her record, Let’s Work It Out. Following her pop career she starred in West End shows Lautrec by Charles Aznavour and Boogie Nights with Shane Richie. In 2006 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successful treatment, last year she was told it had returned. With the love and support of her family, friends and listeners she fights on.

My favourite Essex pub

The Cricketers in Clavering

The Cricketers pub in Clavering is owned by the Oliver family and the food is, unsurprisingly, wonderful – and not too expensive. There’s always a lovely welcome in this warm, cosy pub and they can often squeeze you in for a meal if you just ask. I love it because we usually combine it with a walk around Clavering Lakes. Yes, there are lakes in Clavering that the fishermen among us like to keep to themselves. Don’t let them! Have a wander and enjoy. Oh, and there’s a lovely cafe there.

My favourite Essex place to visit

The Toy Museum at Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet

My husband Al and I love to have a look around the Toy Museum at Mountfitchet Castle. We spend the whole time pointing out what toy we got for Christmas, when, from whom and who we played with it with. Toys are incredibly evocative and if I ever do a phone-in show on toys of our childhood the lines go crazy, so it’s not just us that loves reminiscing. Also, Alan Goldsmith, who runs the Castle and Toy Museum, is an absolute Essex character and never too busy to have a chat and tell you the history of the toys. That’s a real bonus to any museum.

My favourite Essex theatre

The Cliffs Pavillion, Southend

I love the Cliffs Pavillion, whether seeing shows or performing there. The last show I was in there was panto with Shane Richie, it was Peter Pan. I played Mrs Darling and the Magical Mermaid – and remember losing my wig to hysterical laughter from the kids ...and adults. It’s always great fun playing the Cliffs, not just because Shane and I are very old mates and he is hilarious, but also because all the staff there are so lovely. Backstage crew, stage doorman and front of house always make the artistes so welcome and it’s a pleasure being there. It’s also a fantastic place to see productions because it’s so comfortable and every seat has a great view.

My favourite Essex person

Al Naed

My absolute favourite Essex person is my husband, Al Naed (or Al Cooper-Nine in his married state). We met while appearing in Charles Aznavour’s musical Lautrec at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. He was such a lovely bloke, a gentleman and he was hilarious. Hannah Waddingham, West End star and Lornafrom ITV’s Benidorm, was starring in the show and Al would have us literally on the floor in hysterics – regularly.He is my rock and I couldn’t have coped through breast cancer the first time,let alone face it this second time, without him by my side. But, with his love and strength, we’ll make it.

My favourite Essex produce

Seafood in Leigh

Can you believe that as a Londoner, for whom Southend had been our day-out-by-the-seaside for my entire childhood, I had never been to the cockle sheds until Al took me there in 2001? But, boy, have I made up for it since! Al’s family still live in Southend, so whenever we visit them we visit the cockle sheds. I love the relaxed atmosphere of the pubs and sheds. I love watching the boats. I loved the festival we stumbled on there last year. And, best of all, I love the jellied eels. Yes, you can the girl out of South London, but you can’t take South London out of the girl!

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