Ten questions with...

Tracey Davies.
Tracey Davies.

Tracey Davies runs the Little Red Door cake company.

I was born at the QMC in Nottingham, I have lived in Ilkeston for the majority of my life.

What are your hobbies?

I like to try out new recipes and change flavours to create new bakes and cakes. I also like to cook for the same reason, but rarely get the time now. Outside of the kitchen; I like camping, reading (trashy, chick-lit novels) and music.

What is your favourite film?

I like comedy. dramas, thrillers, rom coms...but if I had to choose...I would say Dirty Dancing. It’s a feel good film.

What is your biggest achievement in life?

Marrying my wonderful husband, we’ve been through a lot together but we support each other- he’s my rock.

What are your hopes for the future of this area?

It would be nice to see the town bustling like it used to be. I remember when I was young going up town with my mum and aunty on a Saturday; spending ages up there shopping, stopping to chat with people , going for lunch- we used to go to the cafe in the Regency Rooms in Co-op. Everybody went up town on Saturdays. Not anymore though sadly so it would be nice if some of that spirit and vibrancy came back.

What is your favourite place to eat in Ilkeston ?

We don’t really eat out often and if we do it tends to be a special occasion so we travel a bit further afield. We do like New Marble Chinese though for a take away or the pub-grub at The Newdigate.

Where is your favourite local place to go on a day trip?

I like the Peak District, particularly Bakewell.

What is your idea of a perfect Saturday night?

I’m a home bird, so staying in with a good film, good food and in the good company of my family and friends makes me happy.

If you could change anything in Ilkeston what would it be?

I think I’d say the reputation Ilkeston has, it’s always had a bad name which I find quite sad- ok it’s not the perfect town but is there really such thing? I don’t think we deserve the rep we’ve got.

What will your epitaph say?

It has to be cake related...my friend Rach said: “Icing Sugar not Ashes” But I think I’d go with “Caking til the sweet, sweet end”