A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Athlete Christine Ohuruogu visited her secondary school St Edwards Church of England School in Romford to present a piece of the London 2012 Olympic track.

A former Olympic athlete wants to encourage young people to aim high as she presented her school with a piece of track from the London 2012 games.

Yesterday, 15:00

A theatre has taken a bold step to ensure that suffering from dementia should not be an obstacle to enjoying the excitement and delight of a stage 

Yesterday, 12:00
From left jewellery students Carol Carne, Gina Savill-Turner, Jo Golledge, chainmail queen Linda Parkyn. Daphne Freeman and tutor Carol Allen at the Fairkytes Arts Centre.

It started life in the mid-18th century as a private house for occupants including Joseph Fry, son of the famous prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.

Yesterday, 10:00
Student Alice and reporter Chloe Farand talking about the care suite at Havering Sixth Form College

Chloe Farand meets Havering Sixth Form College’s mental health officer and the care team, who support students day to day

Yesterday, 08:02
Ardleigh Green Road, Photo: Google Maps

CCTV footage of two men sought in connection with an incident where a woman was robbed and dragged along a pavement has been released by police.

Fri, 17:33
Residents from Orchard Village warn against plans for 750 homes in New Road, Rainham

People angered by a host of problems on their estate have staged a protest about the housing association as it presented new plans for 750 homes.

Fri, 12:54
Police were called after reports of an incident at the Thomson travel agency in Upminster this morning

Police are attending an incident at a travel agents with reports that the building has been cordoned off.

Fri, 10:00
Beaux Beatz members Jasmine Hood, Charlie Dillon, Charlee-Lou Borthwick, Tyresse Aaron Ryan and Macey Broom

Hoping to make the big time, young members of a pop group are showing they have the x factor by making it through to the live shows of a singing competition.


London Raiders forward JJ Pitchley (pic John Scott)

Hat-trick hero Pitchley hopes to shoot down Stars

Romford's Ryan Boswell had his head bandaged at Witham (pic Steve Gardener)

Witham 2 Romford 0

Yesterday, 20:13
JJ Pitchley in a pink shirt for Raiders

London Raiders 10 Invicta Dynamos 5

Yesterday, 19:00
Ross Wall (left) netted twice for Hornchurch on his return to the club from Thurrock (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch 3 Great Wakering 0

Yesterday, 17:42
Jordan Maguire-Drew of Dagenham& Redbridge and David Fitzpatrick of Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Boss says both Daggers and Silkmen were evenly matched

Sunderland's Didier Ibrahim Ndong (left) battles for the ball with West Ham United's Dimitri Payet (right) during the Premier League match at the London Stadium.

The Hammers left it late before Winston Reid thumped in the injury-time decider at the London Stadium

Yesterday, 16:54
Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge scores against Macclesfield Town (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Okenabirhie 18) Macclesfield Town 1 (Holroyd 90)

Yesterday, 12:00
Rob Guiver in action at Brands Hatch (pic: Eric O'Brien).

Final weekend of the season at Brands Hatch didn’t go to plan for the Rainham resident

Yesterday, 09:00
Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Elliot Justham (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers stopper missed last weekend’s FA Cup win


Thu, 13:47
The girls on a saturday night out. Picture Mark Sepple.

Had enough of the Brexit debate, gorillas and 2016 in general?

Wed, 15:00
Martina Cole at the Liberty shopping centre in Romford promoting The Good Life in 2014.

One of the UK’s best-loved crime writers will delight fans by signing copies of her new novel at a shopping centre on Saturday.

Tue, 13:06
Baxter Willoughby

After starring in dozens of commercials, working as a model and with 45 music video appearances under his belt, a 14-year-old has now turned his attention to television.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
The Garden - dementia friendly play Spare Tyre theatre company

An immersive performance into the secret world of a garden will take dementia suffers on a journey through the seasons.

Friday, October 7, 2016
Carmelo Luggeri playing guitar as Kiki Dee entertains an audience with her soulful voice.

She was set to take a Romford audience on a musical journey but renowned singer Kiki Dee, whose duet with legendary pop star Elton John has stood the test of time, has had to postpone her show.

Monday, October 3, 2016
Spirit medium Derek Acorah

The people of Romford might just get a chance to talk to the departed when Derek Acorah comes to town tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Robin Hooper plays Aylott and William Hoyland plays Cooper.	Picture: Mark Sepple

With an ageing population, getting older is a topic often discussed in terms of the economy and practicality.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Mike Hough during his X Factor audition. Picture: Syco/Thames/Dymond.

A singer who wowed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges on the X Factor has been thanking local people for their support.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Marti Webb. Credit: David Fisk Photography

Renowned West End star Marti Webb said she is looking forward “immensely” to her first performance at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

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