WHO'S WHO: CARMEN NASH, fruit and veg vendor

PUBLISHED: 10:58 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010

Carmen Nash, 42, has run the fruit and vegetable stall outside Finchley Road tube station with her husband David for the past 20 years What do you like about the area? The people. We serve some really nice people here – they range from solicitors and off

Carmen Nash, 42, has run the fruit and vegetable stall outside Finchley Road tube station with her husband David for the past 20 years

What do you like about the area?

The people. We serve some really nice people here - they range from solicitors and office workers to stay-at-home mums.

What is the worst thing?

There is nothing really wrong here, except maybe the traffic congestion. The truth is I really do like working around here.

What has changed in the area in the last 20 years?

The shops have changed a lot. I'm sad that Woolworths has closed down and it's tragic that a company that has been established that long can go under. Let's be honest, if it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.

Has the credit crunch affected your business?

People are definitely cutting back, me included. We have regular customers who maybe used to spend £5, who now only spend £2 or £3. Some people cut back on the fruit they see as a luxury, such as cherries.

DO YOU HAVE A favourite local restaurant or cafe?

Barista Coffee House, just next to the station.

Have you seen or met any celebrities while doing your job?

Ken Livingstone has bought fruit from us. I've also seen Barry Humphries [aka Dame Edna Everage] and I think I saw Guy Ritchie, but I'm still not convinced!

How do you like to relax?

I don't have time to relax! But I suppose my hobby is spending time with my kids Sydney, nine, and Lewis, six.

What would you do if you were mayor for the day?

I would give everyone free parking.

What would you do if you had £1million to spend?

I'd move into a bigger house, take a nice holiday and then set up a youth club for teenagers so they'd have something to do. But I wouldn't give up my job. Even in the terrible weather, I still enjoy my job. You need a reason to get up in the morning.


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