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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.

Eighty years ago, children across Dagenham were sent to the country when the Second World War broke out.

How we reported the news this week in 60, 40 and 20 years ago

A family historian's search for his ancestors' burial place has ended in the middle of a churchyard's path.

What a stink! People daring to visit Valence House Museum are likely to get a definite whiff of manure and other putrid smells.

Plans to bring a banqueting suite in Chadwell Heath back to its former glory as an art deco cinema have been given the green light by architects and independent cinema consultants.

Who needs the Tour de France when you can enjoy a Tour de Becontree?

Local historian Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of Liverpool Street Station

How the Dagenham Post reported the news this week in 1949, 1979 and 1999.

Our front pages were splashed with the news in 1949 of a devastating summer storm, police tearing apart a bungalow in 1979 looking for the loot from a £50,000 robbery and the government injecting £500m in 1999 to bring Barking and Dagenham into the next century.

Faith leaders have urged tolerance at a flag-raising ceremony marking 24 years since more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in the Srebrenica genocide.

Our archives reveal how the Dagenham Post reported a blackmailer 70 years ago was caught in the act, how upset a little girl 40 years ago was who lost her dog and the headmaster 20 years ago who single-handedly manned the baracades to stop travellers invading his school.

A famous photographer's picture of one of the earliest pieces of European art will be a star exhibit at a busy train station's new gallery.

An army veteran is appealing for help tracing the family of a teenage soldier killed in action to make sure they get the medal he deserves.

The Windrush generation's contribution to British society has been celebrated in a flag raising ceremony.

A family-friendly museum in Dagenham is in the running for a national award.

The borough has remembered the Normandy landings during the Second World War with a procession to Barking Town Hall.

A procession in Barking will mark 75 years since the D-Day landings.

Have you ever heard the bells from St Margaret's Church ringing out across Barking on a Sunday morning and wondered how it's done?

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