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Newham Recorder 50: Editor Lorraine King is proud to be in charge of the paper

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 June 2018

Newham Recorder editor Lorraine King, left, with Jack Petchey Award winner Karen Boxall. Picture: Barking and Dagenham College

Newham Recorder editor Lorraine King, left, with Jack Petchey Award winner Karen Boxall. Picture: Barking and Dagenham College

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Local papers are salient for a community and I believe without them councils, organisations and agencies such as the Met may not be held accountable.

I’ve been sitting in the editor’s chair for 16 months and in that time I have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this wonderful borough.

First and foremost its community spirit should be heralded.

People truly look out for each other and even though it has its fair share of issues such as crime, homelessness and fly-tipping, like everywhere else in London, the community spirit consistently shines through.

This year also sees the celebration of 100 years since women were first able to vote and 70 years since SS Empire Windrush carrying passengers from the Caribbean arrived in the UK.

So as the Recorder’s first black and female editor I feel extremely proud to be here as it celebrates its 50th birthday.

Many happy returns and here’s to many more years.......

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