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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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.

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.

Ivy Weeks’ long life has been filled with love, war and grief. As she turns 100 she looks back on the century and tells Anna Silverman about those who brought her the most happiness – and how she ended up marrying three men with the same name

Dawson Centre Food Bank benefits from Dagenham and Redbridge FC’s Silent Night Carol Concert success

Ten miles to the east of the Houses of Parliament in Barking, close to the Lodge Avenue flyover, lies Eastbury Manor House. It was there, legend has it, the Gunpowder Plot was supposedly hatched.

A new book by an old Eastbrook lad who loved history looks at the role of tanks in the First World War, from protecting soldiers against gunfire to ploughing across muddy battlefields. Anna Silverman talks to Mike Foley

The grandson of a First World War veteran who lies in an unmarked grave in Dagenham has been told he can’t place a memorial stone on his grandfather’s plot.

People from all backgrounds fell silent across Dagenham yesterday, as remembrance services took place marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Veterans, cadets, scouts and members of the public joined the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham in remembering the borough’s fallen heroes yesterday.

As people stopped to pay respects to the war dead from conflicts across the world today, one former soldier is wants others to remember us that war doesn’t just hurt people physically.

People from all backgrounds fell silent across the borough this morning, as remembrance services took place marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Soldiers who served in the First World War will be remembered tonight in a film made by Dagenham students.

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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