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Soho Village Fete: Soho Society’s Clare Lynch

Organiser is looking forward to the "nerve wracking" waiters' race

30 June, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

The vibrantly clad Clare Lynch 

Out and about in Soho, one person you can’t miss is the vibrantly clad Clare Lynch, who is the first point of call at the Soho Society.

She took on the job of administrator about four years ago, and what began with “opening post and answering the phones” has led her to a exciting new career.

Now she not only edits the Soho Clarion magazine, she also presents shows on Soho Radio, helps organise events, supports campaigns and sits on the planning group. Now she is mentored by The Archers radio actress Felicity Finch.

Clare says: “It’s so interesting, one day someone could call about a planning application that could threaten their film business, another day it is somebody wanting to talk about their music. I am actively involved in our campaigns, so Crossrail, the doctors’ surgery campaign, air quality, policing… I
get to meet so many different people which I love. It is a very interesting diverse and friendly community.”

Clare, who has two children, has lived in Soho since 2000. “Soho has changed enormously with the number of big developments and the closure of many independent businesses, which is difficult. One thing I have tried to do is find new places to fall in love with, such as the radio station, which represents what Soho is in such a multi-faceted way. But also tiny places like The Piano Bar in Carlisle Street, which is about to have a jazz festival. They are lovely.

“Whether it is going to Ronnie Scott’s or Lights of Soho, people are putting in a huge amount of energy and passion. We have to really support people who are doing interesting exciting and fun things. I think that is so important.”

At this year’s Soho Village Fete, she is particularly thrilled about the waiters’ race which, she says, is “exciting, nerve-racking and over in a flash”.

“They work really hard, and do unsociable hours,” she said. “It is great to give them centre stage and for them to be cheered down the street.”

Clare is also looking forward to the performance by the Soho Parish School rock band – her youngest son is the lead singer and she is “incredibly proud”.

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