Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A war hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his service in the First World War has been honoured with a commemorative stone.

The last public information films might have aired years ago, but the short broadcasts reveal fascinating insights into days gone by.

A soldier who received the Victoria Cross is to be honoured with a commemorative stone in East Ham next month.

Newham Chinese Association has received funding to keep running for the next two years.

One of east London’s most famous daughters, Dame Vera Lynn celebrates her 100th birthday today.

Newham’s most famous daughter is 100-years-old today.

A trio of students have found a healthy way to keep history alive - by walking through it.

Penny chews, cream sodas and sweet shrimps - growing up surrounded by jars of sugary treats would sound like Heaven to a lot of children, but for Penny Southern a bag of pick ‘n’ mix was enough to satisfy her for a whole week.

Marrying and moving into your first home together is a dream come true for many, but for one young family the dream turned into a nightmare.

The Ford Maverick wasn’t a very popular car when it rolled off production lines in the 1990s, but it did have a reputation for being reliable.

Ask a Hammers fan who their ultimate ‘Mr West Ham’ would be, and a few names might spring to mind.

Sifting through thousands of years of London life to secure Europe’s largest engineering project in history has to be a dream job for any archaeologist.

The last complete steam coaster ship in the world may have escaped the scrapyard.

Are you a world war buff or a food fanatic? You might want to pay the Poppy Pantry a visit.

Relatives of those killed in “London’s biggest ever explosion” at a munitions factory have paid their respects at a centenary memorial.

When the Brunner Mond Works went up the effects were felt for miles around, with reports the sound of the explosion could be heard as far away as Salisbury, almost 100 miles west.

A hero of the Silvertown explosion was the grandson of an Italian refugee.

One family torn apart by the disaster was that of Elizabeth Priscilla Preston.

The devastation caused by the explosion spread for miles around, but one of the hardest hit areas was the Royal Victoria Dock.

When workers and their families were frantically rushing away from the dangers, Silvertown Fire Station’s staff headed straight towards the flames.

An expert on the Silvertown explosion has said the victims should be remembered in the same way as soldiers from the First World War.

In total 73 people lost their lives in the Silvertown explosion, including members of the emergency services.

Gallery: Silvertown explosion remembered 100 years on

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It was a disaster many people living in Silvertown could see coming.

After wowing his adoring fans for decades, Plaistow-born pop legend David Essex hung up his microphone at the end of last year with a farewell tour taking in venues up and down the country.

He might not have fought on the beaches, but Allan Beckett’s role in the D-Day landings cannot be underestimated.

The sights and sounds of planes coming in to land in the Royal Docks are familiar ones to most people now – but just three decades ago, things were very different.

Want to live where Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Billy Bonds made history? You can now register your interest in a home at Upton Gardens.

When the prospect of war with Nazi Germany looked more like becoming a reality in the late 1930s, plans were made to cope with the expected air raids.

The pace and scale of change in the borough keeps increasing with developments in Canning Town, Stratford and the Royal Docks transforming the skyline on an almost daily basis.

Plaistow land grabbers dig in

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Gardeners have been cultivating Newham’s soil for generations, whether in one of the borough’s parks, in their gardens or in an allotment.

Charles Dickens described Canning Town as “the child of the Victoria Docks” with industries in the area drawing in huge numbers of men and women working in often dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

He’s the man whose efforts to simplify how music is written inspired the song Do Re Mi from the musical The Sound of Music.

Romans, railways, mega-ships, Nazi bombs, whales, planes, socialism, sewers, cows and plenty more – the Royal Docks has seen just about everything in its colourful history.

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer has discovered he is directly descended from two kings of England.

Shots from a field gun, prayers and a brass band accompanied marchers and mourners as the borough paid tribute this morning to those who gave their lives for Britain.

Natural disasters, war, poverty and dreams of a new life prompted tens of thousands of Bangladeshis to move to Britain in the 1970s.

Video: Newham remembers the fallen war heroes

Friday, November 11, 2016

Silence fell at one of the borough’s war memorials this morning as hundreds turned out to pay their respects to those who have died in conflict.

Soldiers, schoolchildren, councillors and residents will be among crowds paying tribute to those who have died fighting for Britain.

Round about the time Britain last held a referendum on the European Union, Rose Powers was just starting out as a poppy seller.

A week devoted to the borough’s history has been hailed a “huge success” – and a step towards a permanent museum.

More than 2,000 children and families enjoyed an afternoon of dance, music and BMX performances at the Green Street Festival.

Sir Robin Wales and MP Lyn Brown joined Met officers at a service to remember fallen police constable Nina Mackay.

Forget battling through the crowd at Stratford station or struggling to find a parking space – there’s a new way to get to West Ham matches.

A soldier whose grave was wrongly marked for more than a century has been buried with full military honours.

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