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Sunday, January 8, 2017
Happisburgh, Norfolk. Picture: Graham Caile

As 2016 came to an end and another year began, photographers from Romford Camera Club began reminiscing about the pictures they had taken during the past 12 months.

RCWA The Final Flight. Picture: Sarah Barraclough-Hatch

High flying acrobatics, plot twists and championship matches ensured that Havering’s biggest ever wrestling event was an unforgettable occasion.

Winter Wonderland at the pub with an ice rink and santas grotto.
Left to right: Teddie Gidley 4.5yrs old with his cousin Darcey Stevens, three, and her mum (Teddie's aunt) Sian Parfitt from Cranham.

A beer garden has been given a festive makeover to bring the community together for Christmas.

Ted Buck has recently been found by the daughter he never knew he had

A pensioner who was found by his long-lost daughter after a 20-year search has spent the year getting to know her, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour visited his home town to surprise several lucky fans. Photo: Arsenal TV

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour travelled to his home town to surprise unsuspecting supporters with special gifts.

Gallery: Family fun at Romford lantern parade

Monday, December 19, 2016
Victoria and Harrison, both aged three, with the lanterns they made for the parade.

There was plenty of festive fun for families at a pre-Christmas event at Romford Market on Saturday.

Christmas carols and the turning on of the tree lights by the Havering Deputy Mayor Linda Van den Hende.

Residents in a care home were delighted to be visited by carol singers for the switch-on of their Christmas lights.

Warehouse supervisor Nicky Reitz and volunteer Julie Lawson at Rainham foodbank Christmas party

Nearly 100 people attended the Christmas party organised by a foodbank to bring some joy to families in need during the festive season.

315 Santas got involved in the run - along with some of our furry friends.

A sea of Santas advanced to spread some ho-ho-hope over the festive season.

The Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and Iain Duncan Smith MP at the launch of the new rail training academy at Havering College

A rail training programme, which helps the long-term unemployed back into work was officially launched yesterday.

Upmisnter Christmas tree festival.

An annual Christmas tree festival organised by a church, returned to the delight of residents.

The show's backstage crew standing behind the Havering Asks panellists.

Panellists from across the political spectrum were kept on their toes answering tough questions from a young audience on Friday.

The Victorian Christmas event in Collier Row.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as residents were invited to enjoy a traditional Victorian event on Friday.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell opened the Star Wars Convention at the YMCA, which raised more than £1,000 for the charity

Characters from the epic saga Star Wars have brought the force to the borough and helped raise hundreds of pounds for a mental health charity.

Darron is congratulated by Andy Beresford, managing director of Home Leisure Direct, for winning the competition

A Spurs mad football fan has won a games room of the year competition for converting his garden shed into a shrine to Tottenham Hotspur.

Rachel Clancey, founder of the Ask Albie charity surrounded by dance troupe IMD at a Christmas party for sick children on the oncology ward at Queen's hospital.

A charity founded by parents of a sick child made sure other children and their families had a day they would not forget on Sunday.

From left, sisters Holly-Ann Mahmut, four, and Rosie-May Mahmut, seven, from Hornchurch meeting Santa at the Elm Park Christmas lights switch-on.

People were spoilt for choice on Friday, getting into the festive spirit.

Council workers and union members protest against cuts outside Havering Town Hall.

The leader of Havering Council was asked to justify spending more than £500,000 on a salary review at Wednesday’s full council meeting.

Protesters speak to Cllr Melvin Wallace speaking to campaigner Lorraine Moss about the solar park panels at a demonstration outside Havering Town Hall.

Police had to be called to a Havering Council meeting on Wednesday evening after a protest outside the town hall.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Awards 2016 for Havering schools

Hundreds of pupils, teachers, and their families were welcomed to the Queen’s Theatre last night for the first of this year’s Jack Petchey Foundation awards.

Devastated friends and family of Ricky Hayden said their final farewell to the hugely popular doorman at his packed funeral today.

Phoebe Bundy-Muller, eight, and Skye Culham, eight, at Havering Museum's kids' takeover on Saturday. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Roles were reversed this weekend as Havering Museum was swamped by children keen to take the reins from the adults for a day.

Gallery: Romford Christmas lights switch on 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016
Santa Greg from Dagenham. All pictures Melissa Page.

Thousands of people headed to the Market Place to kick off the Christmas festivities in Romford.

Remembrance Sunday parade in Upminster

Hundreds lined the streets and paused to remember those who have fought and continue to fight in conflicts around the world.

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.

Pupils from Drapers' Maylands primary visit their new school construction site

Pupils were taken on a unusual trip to the top of the cranes overlooking the building site, where their new school is taking shape.

The Havering Police Awards at the Upminster Rugby Club.

Family and friends heard inspiring stories about some of the borough’s bravest, most dedicated and quick-thinking police officers – many of whom had risked their lives in order to protect others.

The winners group pose for a photo at the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016.

Businesses from across east London and Essex came together to honour the winners of the Thames Gateway Business Awards 2016 on Friday.

Family: Janet Veira (L), Lisa Veira (R) with Elliot Carle, 3  Ryan Carle, 8 and Ava Yearwood, 4 planting bulbs during a spring bulb planting event at Rainham Hall.

Green-fingered children have helped to plant hundreds of bulbs to prepare the garden of an 18th century mansion for a blooming spring.

Erin Macbeth, 12 and Freya Macbeth, seven, with their halloween masks at the Halloween family fun day at Havering Museum.

Little monsters got into the spirit of Halloween with a family fun day yesterday.

Fern Gibson, three, with her bandaged duck in a box on her way to the woods at the children's rescuing wildlife workshop at Hornchurch Country Park.

Dozens of children treated wildlife animals in need of help.

Market Place, Romford.  Apple Day event. Event co-ordinator Ellie Gill demonstrates the art of Apple bobbing.

Shoppers were treated to some juicy activities to celebrate apple day.

The Brewery Centre. Peppa Pig and brother George visiting for storytime with Peppa activities. Livia Bartlett (21mths) and mum Nicci meet Peppa and George.

Peppa Pig and her little brother George paid a visit to the Brewery in Romford for half-term fun on Saturday.

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.

Community pulls together to help Newtons Primary School, Rainham, give its garden a facelift

Pupils were bewildered this morning to find a piece of land in their school playground had been transformed into a vegetable garden.

Perry Hatcher, Paul Robertson, Gary Walters and Sheena Hull from Network Rail joined Jo Impey and Shelley Hart from Havering Volunteers to clear the Garden for the Blind at Harrow Lodge Park

After laying in a state of disrepair for “months”, a neglected section of a park dedicated to vulnerable people was tackled by green-fingered enthusiasts on Friday.

David Spurdle, stopped teaching 21 years ago to set up the Stand By Me charity which helps children around the world access better education and living conditions.

Little did one teacher know that when he answered a request for help in a newspaper advert in 1977, it would change the course of his life.

Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is leading the project.

A primary school is appealing for volunteers and businesses to help it create a new garden in the playground.

Sue Ospreay, centre right and Lauren Sanders, centre left, surrounded by RCWA wrestling stars

Heroes were applauded and baddies booed as wrestlemania came to Rainham on Sunday, giving the world of WWE a run for its money.

Fans of Peter Andre queuing up to meet the man himself at The Liberty. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Hundreds of Peter Andre fans queued up to meet the man himself at The Liberty on Friday at his book signing.

Deputy Lt Col Mark Bryant, Mike Warner, Cllr Melvin Wallace and Sally Miller at the roundel

Members of the community gathered to mark the centenary of the first pilot to shoot down a German airship over Britain during the First World War, on Saturday.

The Havering Show. Families having fun

There was something for everyone on day two of this year’s Havering Show, including mad scientists and soul legends of the 1970s.

Reporters Hayley Anderson and Ann-Marie Abbasah at the Havering Show.

From wrestling and BMX tricks to star acts and fair ground rides, the first day of the Havering Show had it all.

Havering school students receiving their GCSE results. Sanders School students jumping for joy

With minds racing and nerves building, students across the borough returned to their schools yesterday (Thursday) in trepidation.

Theo Tuitt, 4, meets a spider at the Star Bright nursery open day

Would you be afraid of holding a spider or petting a snake?

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