Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Former magistrate Sue Hamilton explores crime and punishment as part of a heritage project uncovering Barking town centre’s past.

Curators would have loved to open their Docklands museum to the public for the VE Day 75th anniversary — but coronavirus put paid to that.

Dame Vera Lynn has thanked people for commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day during the coronavirus crisis.

On VE Day we celebrate the near-end of the Second World War. But how did the conflict affect Barking town centre? Historian Simone Panayi finds out.

Retired policeman, Ronald Lloyd, 82, from Harold Wood, was a baby when war was declared in 1939. Here he remembers with fondness ‘evacuation’ to his grandparents and Bruno, his constant companion.

Dagenham internet sensation Carlie Townsend is performing a commemorative concert on Friday, May 8 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The nation has been invited to toast the heroes of the Second World War as the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Proposals to build 56 affordable homes in Dagenham have been given the green light.

Professor Ged Martin looks back 250 years at a shotgun wedding in Barking

Historian Prof Ged Martin takes a light-hearted look at two Dagenham place names

Prof Ged Martin looks at the way Essex people spoke 100 years ago

A new plaque commemorating the life of a Titanic survivor has been installed in St Chad’s Park.

A new heritage trail to celebrate some of east London’s extraordinary women has been launched.

Stories tat made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A scheme to compensate Windrush scandal victims has been slammed by MP Dame Margaret Hodge.

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Councillors and pupils stood together in Barking Town Square to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Do you remember the secret lemonade drinker?

After the festive period, gift giving and indulgence follows the contrastingly bleak month of January and a period of self-deprivation: alcohol free, less calories and reduced spending... It is time to look back to thriftiness in Barking’s past - shopping here 100 years ago involved pawnbrokers and penny stores.

Borough leaders and school pupils will stand together on Monday as Barking and Dagenham remembers the victims of the Holocaust.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and to celebrate we would like to share readers’ memories.

Old school photos may be a bit embarrassing years after they were taken, but former pupils at one primary could see them form part of centenary celebrations.

A rare 15th century manuscript linked to Barking Abbey may be lost to the British public unless funds can be raised to prevent it being sold abroad.

A lot has happened in the past 10 years - and here are just some of the stories that made the pages of our paper since 2010.

In the second of our series on the stories behind Barking’s stores, historian Simone Panayi takes a look at the Jewish immigrant who set up Burton and may have inspired the phrase, ‘The Full Monty’.

The stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

The fondest of memories have remained with me of the many times our family spent together at Christmas, with my grandmother and grandfather Wilson, our many aunts and uncles and cousins.

Local historian Michael Foley explains about his new book

Wreaths were laid in Barking to mark 101 years since the end of the First World War.

Veterans, politicians and young people alike turned out to pay their respects at a Remembrance Day service.

The sacrifice of those who died serving their country was remembered with a parade through Barking.

Pupils and veterans united at the Dagenham Village war memorial to remember those who died in service.

A family historian has restored the final resting place of his great, great, great grandparents after stumbling upon their grave in a Barking churchyard.

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A team of young people have renovated Valence House Museum’s replica air raid shelter to prepare themselves for a career in construction.

A team of budding amateur historians has visited a cemetery to “bring to life” some of Barking’s greats.

Children from Dagenham were among millions of youngsters to be sent to the country for their own safety at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Nigerian Independence Day and the start of Black History Month have been marked by two flag raising ceremonies.


The Government has announced an unprecedented package of support to protect jobs and support business across the UK during the coronavirus outbreak.

People working for a wide range of private companies have been standing side-by-side with public sector staff on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.

The United Kingdom is pulling together as one, with people from all regions and all four nations of the country helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

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