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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Town hall leader Darren Rodwell sets out his ambitious plans for 60,000 new homes in the borough - and admits: ‘My parents’ might have thought twice about buying their council house if they had realised the consequences.’

This year Britain’s youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary.

Barking and Dagenham celebrated Armed Forces Day on Sunday by showcasing some of the borough’s best military artefacts.

A celebration of Armed Forces Day is coming to Valence House in Dagenham next weekend.

A rare collection of photos from a Barking veteran reveal what life was like when all fell quiet on the Western Front.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell led the borough’s first memorial service today ahead of Armistice Day.

Historian and author Michael Foley charts the rise of war memorials in the wake of the First World War and how the different types of tributes to our war heroes came about.

The Dagenham Cables c.1930. Picture: MICHAEL FOLEY

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

Dame Vera Lynn, who was born in East Ham and lived in Barking, has turned 100 today.

Family and friends shed tears as they celebrated the life of a “young at heart” great-great-grandmother who died aged 108.

Theatre staff are hoping to break a leg when the main auditorium reopens on Thursday following a three month closure.

The Union flag is flying at full mast at Dagenham Civic Centre and Barking town hall today to mark the 100th anniversary of the Somme.

Look in any direction and you’ll see a vast ocean of fields, the odd spire or cluster of stone breaking up the uniform horizon and indicating a small and ancient farming village.

A poppy seller has told of his shock after he achieved recognition in the New Year’s Honours list.

Hundreds of people paid their respects to the fallen at an Armistice Day service this morning.

It was when Sylvia Kent began research for her tenth book that she realised the centenary of the Becontree Estate was fast approaching.

Bunting and baking were all the rage at the centennial celebration of the Women’s Institute on Sunday.

An open day promoting healthy eating and exercise among people with disabilities has been hailed a huge success.

From suffragettes to Stormtroopers, popcorn to popstars, the history of Barking and Dagenham is anything but boring.

The Mayor of Barking and Dagenham took a historic tour of Woolwich on Thursday.

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

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

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, the Barking and Dagenham Post will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Was your grandfather a war hero? Do you have carefully preserved photos from that time?

Share your stories with reporter Sophie Morton.

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