October 21 2014 Latest news:
Gaelle Paul, 42, grew up down the road from Bobby Moore’s parents, but now she’s the LA-based stylist to singer Adele. She tells Anna Silverman about her journey from Barking to Los Angeles.
Tony Carruthers, 54, is curriculum manager for construction at Barking & Dagenham College and a member of the Guild of Bricklayers. He tells Kay Atwal how he started
Nikki Watson, 29, is associate director with Green Shoes Arts in Barking and Dagenham. She speaks to Kay Atwal about changing lives
Hospital bosses are investigating allegations a cancer-stricken mum fell from a hospital bed, badly cutting her head, three days before her death.
Molly Okolonji, 36, is the CEO and founder of Barking-based charity Women of Substance. The mum-of-three tells Kay Atwal about the vision that inspired her to set up the charity in 2008
Doctors are reminding the borough’s men to face up to male cancer as a national campaign is launched to raise awareness about the disease.
Steve Deeble, 58, manages Dagenham’s Pitch and Putt Club. He tells Kay Atwal how the Central Park golf course has been part of his life for nearly half a century
A former policeman who organised the annual reunion for a Dagenham school has died aged 65.
Scottish artist Chad MacCail is creating a mural about the Becontree estate for the Valence House visitor centre. He tells Janine Rasiah what he’s learnt about Dagenham – and what he hopes his art will bring to the community.
James Clifford, 27, will be playing the white rabbit in Alice the Musical at Barking Splash Park. He tells reporter Anna Silverman what the best thing about the role is.
Dagenham Camera Club chairman Mick Hahn, 53, has been avidly taking photos since he had a chance meeting with some of the club’s members 35 years ago. He tells reporter Janine Rasiah about his passion for photography.
A group of 12 tested their friendship to the limits by taking part in a charity walk - while chained together.
You may recognise Ashley J Francis from Eastenders, MTV Base or a whole host of other television, stage and film productions he’s appeared in. He’s also the artist in residence at Studio 3 arts in Barking, working with people of all ages to. The actor, writer, presenter and performer told Mark Shales about his work.
Tired of taking the bus? You should try three full days’ worth.
Edita Varslauskaite will be familiar to many customers of the Barclays branch in Faircross Parade where she works as a personal banker. She tells Janine Rasiah about her plans to scale Machu Picchu for the British Heart Foundation following her dad’s heart attack last year.
Barking man Jerry Hollingsworth, 54, has a 40-year background in various martial arts. He tells Kay Atwal about his plans to run women-only self defence classes
She’s now tipped for Olympic success but doctors thought that Kelly Staddon would be barely active after undergoing a revoluntionary heart operation when she was just eight weeks old.
Kulvinder Johal is assistant head teacher at Northbury Primary School in Barking. She told Kay Atwal about salad and space.
Little Alicia Abiola has a promising career as a dancer after being named the outstanding baby at a performing arts festival.
I’ve been at Carers of Barking and Dagenham for 14 years, as their young carers project co-ordinator.
Attending a One Direction concert is a dream for many teenage girls. But for Georgia Craigie, from Dagenham, it has come true thanks to The Dream Factory, a charity which grants requests to children with life threatening conditions and disabilities.
Barking’s own Sal Bashir is better known as The King – that is, in his guise as an Elvis tribute act. He tells Kay Atwal about his roots and how he has taken the borough into his heart
Jayne Laouami-Baigent is hoping to help other sufferers with an app she has helped to develop.
An aspiring ballet dancer was given the surprise of his life when he received a pair of signed ballet shoes from one of the world’s leading performers.
Jeff Webster, 23, is a quantity surveyor from Dagenham. He is planning to run a series of marathons totalling 85.5 miles for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
An adrenaline-fuelled team challenge by Barking and Dagenham fire cadets raised about £200 for charity last night.
Lynda Gray, 50, is area manager for Slimming World in Dagenham, where she helps people from all walks of life lose weight and lead healthier lives.
Sarah Allman, 37, is a Dagenham mother-of-three who runs a not-for-profit organisation, Whole Body Therapy, helping older people to avoid falls.
Keen sportsman Amaan Rashid, 10, of Dagenham is a mid-associate of the Royal Ballet School and has finished a run of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House. He played a fairy page, a mandolin boy and a monkey in 10 of the 20 performances. He talks to the Post about dancing, karate and his dreams for the future.
Glenda Paddle, 57, was recently awarded freedom of the borough after working as a school governor for 32 years. She tells Janine Rasiah about her passion for education in Barking and Dagenham.
Dr Jagen John is following family traditions by serving the people of Barking and Dagenham as a GP. He works at King Edward’s Medical Centre in Barking and is also a clinical director at Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group.
Jetsetting Kiwi Savaia Stevenson, who works for the NHS in the borough, explains why she’s made Barking her home.
Ravinder Atwal, 41, is a life coach who works with vulnerable young people and lives in Barking with her family.
Maha Kamal is studying international criminal law at the University of Denver, where she grew up. A newcomer to the borough, she provides Adam Barnett with an outsiders’ view of Barking.
Rachelle Moulai has been the manager of the Barking Bathhouse, currently in the Barking Learning Centre, since it opened as a temporary spa and bar in Axe Street in the summer of 2012. She has also managed luxury spas in the Seychelles and on the pacific island of Bora Bora.
Welcome to Post People – celebrating the lives of people in Barking and Dagenham. This series gives people the chance to share their experiences and give their views on the world past and present.
A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly Dagenham couple with his double decker has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
David Cameron visited the famous Dagenham Ford motor plant today to announce a £9million funding grant for work on a new diesel engine.
The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.
Win a table for ten on a night of your choice, at a Ce Soir themed Christmas party, courtesy of Best Parties Ever.