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Friday, January 13, 2017
An artist’s impression of the view of St Edward’s Church and the new Market House from the eastern end of the Market Place.

A £250,000 town centre project will act as a “focal point” and be a major part of bringing back Romford Market to the heart of the community.

Arthur Edwin Jones, known by his fans as

An extraordinary search has begun to trace relatives of a football legend 100 years after his death, so his name can be added to a First World War memorial.

40-years-ago

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

60-years-ago

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

40-years-ago

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

60-years-ago

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

Members of the Hornchurch Photographic Society

From landscape country shots to back garden snaps, the Hornchurch Photographic Society has been a crucial hub for amateur enthusiasts since 1936. Three of the group’s members share with Niall Joyce what is special about the club to them

On this day, 75 years ago, the battleships HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales were sunk by Japanese aircraft off the coast of Singapore. HMS Repulse is photographed here. Picture: PA

If you travel Romford’s inner by-pass, you’ll glimpse Linden Street, a quiet side road squeezed alongside St Edward’s Way. It recalls a tragedy, 75 years ago, that marked the end of UK world power.

The Houses of Parliament, where long-standing Romford MP John Parker often raised issues affecting his constituents (and, unfortunately for him, was routinely ignored). Picture: Tim Ireland/PA

John Parker was a Labour MP for 48 years. Public school and Oxford educated, Parker was not a typical Labour man. But he spoke up for his constituents, raising local issues in House of Commons questions.

Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition in 2014

An art club has paid tribute to one of its most cherished members, who passed away last month at the age of 87.

40-years-ago

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

The service of Remembrance at Romford Market.

Army veterans, the deputy mayor and the Romford community turned out in force to pay their respects to fallen British troops at a service for Remembrance and Armistice Day.

Sean Laidlaw on tour in Afganistan

An Afghanistan veteran hopes people will spare a thought for his brothers in arms this Remembrance Day.

Francis and Cyril Allen have been selling poppies at Mercury Mall ahead of Remembrance Day

At 11am today – Armistice Day – Havering residents will stop and remember those who have died while serving in the armed forces.

40-years-ago

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

Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

Confusion has emerged over a new planning application submitted by a supermarket chain Lidl over the demolition of a former bingo hall and historic cinema.

60-years-ago

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

40-years-ago

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

20-years-ago

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

Re-enactors before setting off on a 300-mile march to Hastings from Clifford's Tower in York, echoing the journey King Harold made to fight in the Battle of Hastings, to mark the 950th anniversary of the famous clash. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA

Battle of Hastings, 1066. It’s the one date everybody’s supposed to know. Friday October 14 (today) marks 950 years since the battle that changed English history.

60-years-ago

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

Family of Henry Sidney Burr pay tribute to him at Rainham war memorial

The descendants of a young soldier killed 100 years ago in the Battle of the Somme have paid tribute to him.

A memorial plaque to murdered Pc George Gutteridge was unveiled at the St Mary the Virgin Church, Stapleford Abbotts, on Saturday.

A long-awaited memorial plaque to a Pc murdered in the line of duty 89 years ago today was finally unveiled this weekend.

40-years-ago

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

The Towers Cinema faces possible demolition in the coming weeks.

Campaigners lined the high street in a last ditch bid to save one of London’s last remaining art deco cinemas and send a defiant message to Lidl.

40-years-ago

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

40-years-ago

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

The former Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

As campaigners are left reeling from the news Hornchurch’s historic Towers Cinema building could be demolished within weeks, councillors on the panel which approved the plan tell Chloe Farand why they could not oppose it.

40-years-ago

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

The former Mecca Bingo building, High Street, Hornchurch, is now owned by supermarket chain Lidl

Plans to tear down a historic art deco building and much-loved former bingo hall have been approved by a council committee tonight.

An artist impression of Lidl's plans for the former Mecca Bingo building, Hornchurch   /Credit: Lidl

Disappointed residents have urged a supermarket chain not to demolish a historic bingo hall after they received an artist impression of the budget store that would be built in its place.

Flight lieutenant Eric Lock, top-scoring ace of the Battle of Britain with Hornchurch's No.41 Squadron.

They say every street has a story to tell and a rich, proud, fascinating and sometimes moving history lies behind some of those situated across the borough.

Chris Van Holby, grandson of George Alfred Holby

The grandson of a firefighter who helped to rescue 13 women from a munitions factory moments before it exploded is appealing for other relatives to come forward as the anniversary approaches.

Graffiti artist Amy Jane Adams with her exhibition at Rainham Hall

An 18th-century house has become the canvas to some unusual art this month.

Parents outside Parsonage Farm school in Rainham last year opposing expansion plans

Controversial plans to knock down a historic bingo hall and expand a school have been deferred by a council committee last night.

German prisoners help to carry British wounded back to their trenches after an attack by XIV (Irish) Corps on Bavarian units holding Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme. Picture: PA/EMPICS

Historian Jim Bolton has, for many years, researched the names on Romford War Memorial and the memorial in St Edward the Confessor Church.

A British Grenadier Guardsman keeping watch on No Man's Land as his comrades sleep in a captured German trench at Ovillers, near Albert, during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Picture: PA/EMPICS

Countries across the world are coming together tomorrow to commemorate the First World War’s bloodiest battle, which saw thousands of British men, young and old, killed and wounded – including some of Havering’s own.

Mecca Bingo, High Street, Hornchurch

An avid campaigner got an unexpected birthday present yesterday with the news an art deco bingo hall could now be salvaged and not torn down.

Dennis Goodwin has written a 1,000 word short story for the anniversary of D-Day landing. Coming up to 90 and an old soldier, he has written authentically on the period.

The last days of an “old soldier” who feels guilty after surviving the Second World War have been captured in a moving short story.

Robert Gillman and his book Isabel

For Robert Gillman, 69, of Rainham, trains and railways roll in the family.

St George's Hospital, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, closed in 2012

The dilemma over the fate of a disused hospital site, which could be turned into a multi-million pound healthcare facility and give way to nearly 300 new homes, is coming to an end.

John Brooker traced long-lost family members after reading the Recorder. Photo: John Brooker

A man’s 29 year search for long-lost relatives was brought to an end after he read the Recorder’s coverage of Havering’s worst war time air-raid.

The Bitter End in High Street

Concerns have been raised about a disused pub becoming an eye-sore in the heart of town.

Two young men have the Queen rocking with laughter at St Katherine's Dock, where she met the people during one of the stops on her Silver Jubilee river progress from Greenwich to Lambeth in the Port of London Authority launch Nore.

From the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the fall of the British Empire, to the social liberation of the Sixties, class struggles of the Eighties and the dawn of the internet, the Queen has seen more change than any of her predecessors.

A raid destroyed numerous houses on Hillfoot Avenue, Collier Row in 1941. Photo: Brian Evans

A walk down some of Havering’s tree lined streets today make it hard for people to imagine the destruction that tore through them 75 years ago.

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