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Sunday, May 24, 2015

As the auditorium at Stratford’s Theatre Royal undergoes an extensive refurbishment, we look back at the life of the “people’s theatre” over the past 130 years.

Alanah Smitten's winning design is the white and navy creation on the model in the front row on the right and the runner up design by Aimee Ward is the uniform on the model in the front row on the left.

A fashion competition has presented a student with the unique chance to see her design transformed into 4,000 NHS uniforms.

Stratford residents queuing to vote in 1955

Following Labour’s victory in the election, we look back at some of the party’s influential MPs in the borough.

A plaque was unveiled to honour First World War Naval Officer George Drewry at the cenotaph in Central Park in East Ham

One hundred years ago on Saturday a wounded Forest Gate man risked his own life to save others during the infamous Gallipoli landings.

Will Thorne

As the UK heads to the polls, local historian and author Andrew Summers reflects on the general election of 1910.

Terence Brown, Chairman of Sahara Care and Sharon Kaur, Managing Director of Sahara Care hand over a cheque for £50,000 to Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Artistic Director,  along with members of the Boy Blue cast and service users from Sahara Care.

Theatre Royal Stratford East has been awarded £50,000 a year for the next four years following the death of a former patron.

Dave Orme recently bought a postcard which was sent from a WW1 soldier to someone back home in East Ham. He is hoping to reuinte the postcard with a relative of Mrs Nottage

During the summer of 1917, a young man called Fred sent a postcard to a Mrs Nottage of Campbell Road, East Ham, to tell her of the weather he was experiencing in France and of his hopes that she was in good heath.

To celebrate its 100th birthday children at Brampton Primary School in East Ham look through old school diaries written at the time of its opening in 1915

Diaries recording the opening of a school in the midst of the First World War have been dug up to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Harry Gray (left) and Alan Hendry in front of a photograph in Wick Heritage Museum showing soldiers from the local area leaving for the Western Front in 1914.

A young, talented pianist from Canning Town was one of thousands of men to lose their life in the Battle of the Somme.

Teacher Joshua Alford and pupils Raul Simmons-Perez, 16, and Nico Zavrou Blackstock, 16, from East Barnet School, Barnet, with their clay figures. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

The British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose (centre), with the soldiers and pupils at the Menin Gate before the ceremony. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

A British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a comrade. Picture: PA

Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

Two-year-old Jaden Chen plays around the mini double decker buses displayed at the Year of the Bus exhibition in the Olympic Park

You might not need to take a bus to get to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, but you’ll be greeted by 60 of them if you go there this weekend.

Paul Jenkins with the Dead Man's Penny he found more than 30 years ago in Gidea Park

It was found in the ground coated with paint and tar, and forgotten about for 30 years – but it’s the remembrance a fallen soldier deserves.

Bob Paice was among hundreds of volunteers who planted ceramic poppies at the Tower of London Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

After more than a decade as warden of the jewel house at the Tower of London, Bob Paice returned to the historical site for today’s service of remembrance.

The wreath laying was a somber occasion Picture: Andrew Baker

This year’s march to the Cenotaph in Central Park on Remembrance Sunday saw a huge number of young cadets taking part, making it the longest it has ever been.

Bob Burroughsat his home in North Woolwich. Picture: Arnaud Stephenson

Teaching hundreds of Egyptian and Greek soldiers to use artillery was Bob Burroughs’ responsibility during the Second World War.

Young seaman Alexander with his ship HMS Gazelle

Memories of the war continue to plague minesweeper Alexander James as nightmares.

A Remembrance Day parade last year

A slew of remembrance services will take place across the borough as residents remember those who have fallen on the 100th anniversary year of the First World War.

Les Sherman from Redbridge during a visit to the Abbey Mills sewage works where his father died saving the life of a colleague. Pic - Les's dad Henry.

For many, Abbey Mills pumping station in West Ham is one of the wonders of Victorian engineering – the so-called “Cathedral of Sewage”.

A French woman pins a flower on Sikh soldiers as they arrive in Paris in 1916 Picture: Toor Collection

In the centenary year since the outbreak of the First World War, many organisations have staged events to mark the contribution, and in some cases the sacrifices, made by many who fought in the conflict.

Plaistow Memorial Church will be opening specially on Saturday, September 13 to take part in a national charity event called Ride+Stride.

West Ham players line up for a team photo

For the thousands of supporters who flock to Upton Park every other Saturday, life without West Ham United would be unthinkable. But fans and players a century earlier nearly had to face just that when war broke out in Europe.

Sister Sledge wow the crowd

East Ham’s Central Park played host to a musical spectacular this weekend as Under The Stars returned for its 15th year.

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