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An amateur painter with a penchant for “bleak” scenes has seen off competition from professional artists to reach the semi-final of a television contest.

From veterans to Brownies and college students, well-wishers from all walks of life gathered in Elm Park this morning to honour soldiers of the past and present.

Leonard Trimmer was one of many young men to directly experience the dark days of the First World War.

Mick Mellor is one of the Elm Park Royal British Legion’s valued collectors.

Remembrance commemorations have been a national fixture for almost 100 years, and each new generation has carried the torch to ensure their messages are not forgotten.

When the Poppy Appeal reaches its zenith around Remembrance Sunday, you may be under the impression that following its conclusion Royal British Legions can put away their boxes and collection tins, and pick them all up again 12 months later.

Soldiers past and present will be in the community’s thoughts next weekend, as a number of services are held to mark Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day 2017 is fast approaching and the Recorder is seeking personal stories – which have not been shared with us before – to complement our coverage.

A charity which has worked with children with special needs and disabilities for almost 30 years is mobilising its supporters in the face of financial challenges.

On a winter’s night in 1956, four future icons created music history by rocking out together in a famous Tennessee studio.

Discover the architectural gems on your doorstep with the return of an event all about celebrating the capital’s innovation and heritage.

With summer in full swing, here are some of the days, and nights, out families can enjoy over the next few weeks.

The great-nephew of a soldier killed during the First World War travelled to Belgium this week for centenary commemorations.

More than 100 joggers from all walks of life came together for a charity’s inaugural fun run.

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, crescendoes of wind and brass melodies soared from a band hall, celebrating the life of a soldier killed in Iraq 10 years ago.

“I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele).”

A charming musical about life, love – and tradition – in a Russian Jewish community wowed on its opening night.

An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

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.

An acclaimed tale of life and love in 20th-century Tsarist Russia will light up the stage this summer.

The borough’s ladies are encouraged to head down to Romford Market next weekend for a Saturday night with a difference.

The phrase ‘keeping it in the family’ applies all too well to Michelle Johnson’s fundraising efforts.

A youth theatre which has nurtured hundreds of aspiring stars is gearing up for celebrations marking its quarter-century.

Students and staff past and present joined together in celebration of a college’s milestone.

A children’s charity is inviting residents to an evening of bowling fun.

A woman who lost her childhood sweetheart to brain cancer has been shown “there is life left” for her, through working at the hospice which cared for him.

Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

More than a thousand fundraisers were bathed in glorious sunshine – and colourful bubbles – as they tackled a 5km course.

Scouts past and present came together at the weekend to mark a special anniversary.

Fifth time’s the charm for one fundraiser, who’s donning her pyjamas once more for a popular night walk.

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