Saturday, January 14, 2017

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.

Are you ready for a week of history events?

It’s seen bloody religious warfare, the revolutionary effects of industrialisation, the birth of socialism and it played a key role in the creation of the biggest empire in history.

The Air Cadets is about much more than just flying.

Archaeologists have started digging outside West Ham’s former Boleyn Ground home.

The final game may have happened months ago, but it’s finally the end of an era for the Boleyn Ground.

Tucked away in a Victorian church, 200 metres from the runway of a busy international airport, first-time visitors to the Brick Lane Music Hall would be forgiven for thinking they’ve come to the wrong place.

A former West Ham United chief steward has rescued a family’s pictures which she found at the Boleyn Ground.

A former West Ham United chief steward is hoping to return pictures found at the Boleyn Ground to their owner before the ground is demolished.

What does double FA Cup-winning West Ham striker Sir Trevor Brooking have in common with the seven-time Mr Olympia and star of The Terminator?

While the British Empire had mastery of the seas, control of world trade and one of the wealthiest societies in human history, growing up still wasn’t easy.

Nearly two centuries ago, after decades of struggle, ownership of human beings by other human beings was outlawed in the British Empire.

A play about the election of the borough’s most famous MP has enjoyed a run of community performances.

A century ago this month – while the nation reeled from the indecisive Battle of Jutland, the death of Lord Kitchener and the Somme offensive – a solemn ceremony marked the erection of a very special war memorial.

He changed Canada forever, led the Bank of England, was chums with prime ministers and never forgot about his home.

In 1954, the same year that meat finally came off ration and Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, a special couple were tying the knot in Newham.

Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn – they’re all nuts, according to the leader of the Eccentric Party of Great Britian.

Eastern European culture was celebrated with a festival full of music, dance and games at Forest Lane Lodge.

Football, Islam, fast food and social media were among topics discussed by students and staff so their thoughts could be recorded and saved for the future.

Melanie McGrath, the Romford born writer, once wrote, “there was never any silver in Silvertown. Smoketown, Sulphertown, the place could of been called any of those things and no one would have blinked.”

On this day nearly half a century ago, one of the biggest sporting tragedies in the borough’s history occurred.

From children’s television favourites to a war exhibition, there was something for everyone at the Mayor’s Newham Show.

They were harassed by snipers and bombed by mortars as they fought through the soggy trenches of France – and they did it all for the love of the place they called home.

As West Ham United prepare to kick off a new era at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford it is 116 years this week since the club’s formation when a rag tag group of workers from the docks decided to set up a football team.

Patriotic parades in the streets, suspected foreigners attacked or locked up, hundred-yard queues for basic foods – this was the quite inconceivable Newham of the First World War.

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