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Getting ahead – Kay Gunner

Having cancer gave me a new lease of life...and now I hope my turbans can help other women

Manuel Fernandez with Celia Peachey and Benji Stubbings holding a picture of murdered Maria Stubbings

Our fight for change in memory of Maria

Childhood secrets – Rose Handleigh-Adams with her book Another Time, Another Place

I couldn’t tell anyone my secret heartache, not even my husband

Pioneer – Mina Smallman is the first female Archdeacon of Southend

From foster child to funk musician... introducing Southend’s first female archdeacon

Leanne Jarvis

Will.i.am is a nutter, but I love working with him - the Voice star Leanne Jarvis reveals all

Blood Brothers – Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone

My sister is making the most of time she has left - Maureen Nolan on coming to terms with Bernie’s cancer

Angelina Jolie - double mastectomy

We went through the same ordeal as Angelina Jolie

Local setting – Bernardine Kennedy’s latest novel is based in Southend

Tragedy inspired my writing career

Gemma Collins

I’ll always feel guilty for getting an abortion

Joanna Lumley – getting her hands dirty in Essex

From Bond girl to beach cleaner...and why Patsy’s been kissing Leo DiCaprio

Victoria Holloway – example for young women thinking about going into politics

Thatcher was a role model for many, but not me

Syd Moore – author

Trials and tribulations of witchcraft in Essex

Linda Payne makes her own Victorian-era clothes, a passion that led to a role in the film production of Les Miserables

My love for Victorian clothes got me a part in Les Mis

Cathryn Vallance – a finalist in the Miss Plus Size International modelling competition

Look at me now, bullies!

Human rights activist – Betty Makoni

When a policeman came knocking at my door, I didn’t expect him to smile

Prolific – Martina Cole’s new book, the Life, is released in May

Writers are snobs...and I’m an Essex girl

There’s still life after rock ‘n’ roll

Pauline Black

Racism inspired me to start the Selecter

Debbie Cambrey – cancer ordeal

I’ll never forget the moment I heard: ‘It’s cancer’

More mobility – Lynda Edwards

I was left housebound by arthritis, but gym’s given me a new lease of life

New arrival – Lili and Sam with baby Rafferty

Independent midwives could be forced out due to EU laws

New start – Kevin Cohurst and Zara Garham

We’d eat 5 takeaways a week ...but got fit to start a family

Work it out – Rosemarie Berman

Two years ago I couldn’t walk up the stairs...but look at me now!

Happy in Essex – Countdown numbers expert Rachel Riley

Me a sex symbol? It just doesn’t add up, says Rachel Riley

Film-maker Donna Taylor

Acting saved my life – poor kids must be taught to dream big

Annie Mullis

Ditch those fad diets... and lose weight my way

Macmillan supporter – Lyn Goodhead

I checked for lumps... but had breast cancer

Solid couple – Wendy Williams and her husband Glyn

Army wives who are united in song

Natasha Worby – ex-glamour model who now photographs topless girls

Campaign to get rid of Page 3

Excited – Denise Van Outen is paired with James Jordan on Strictly Come Dancing, watched by Bruce Forsyth

Denise is in the mood for dancing

Loving the suspense – Sydney Moore

The weird and scary world of author Syd

Hard worker – Sharon Harrison with daughter, Holly

Busy mum Sharon is a fine example of multi-tasking

Women in science – Rebecca Wells, 18, and Donna Boulden, 33, on the South Essex College forensics degree course

The women hooked on CSI

Lili La Scala

I never fitted in at school...I loved opera, not pop music

Saskia Clark

Olympic sailor Saskia Clarke has made sacrifices to live out her childhood dream

Tracy after losing over three and a half stone

Tracy Board is proof it is never too late to get in shape

Victoria Ellesley has seen a rise in female comic fans in the comic book shop where she works

Rise of the comic girls

Since re-inventing herself as a successful bodybuilder Jodie wants to tackle bullying in schools - as well as in the media.

Since reinventing herself as a successful bodybuilder Jodie wants to tackle bullying in schools - as well as in the media

This week Gill Millane tells how she lost the weight she piled on after retirement.

This week Gill Millane tells us how she lost the weight she piled on after retirement

Seeing the darker side of life as a modern day Geisha inspired Susanna Quinn to write a book

Seeing the darker side of life as a modern day Geisha inspired Susanna Quinn to write a book

Women behind the camera

Women behind the camera

Do Ascot organisers have the right to dictate how we dress?

Do Ascot organisers have the right to dictate how we dress?

Only skin deep - women share the stories behind their tattoos

Only skin deep - women share the stories behind their tattoos

Fit and healthy Ann Atkins, 68, lost a stone got fit by making small changes.

Fit and healthy Ann Atkins, 68, lost a stone got fit by making small changes.

Diet and fitness advice from Heather Samson and Clare Archer from Club Kingswood in Basildon

Diet and fitness advice from Heather Samson and Clare Archer from Club Kingswood in Basildon

Do you see the glass half empty? Blame your genes.

Do you see the glass half empty? Blame your genes.

Ex-soap star and theatre darling, Kara Tointon waltzes her way back to the Cliffs

Ex-soap star and theatre darling, Kara Tointon waltzes her way back to the Cliffs

I watched mum suffer from this cruel disease... but when I sang to her she smiled

I watched mum suffer from this cruel disease... but when I sang to her she smiled

Who says us girls can’t be funny...

Who says us girls can’t be funny...

Lose that flab without the surgery

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