The main stories that made the local news this week 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Do you love to soak in all the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing?

A former Romford football player is celebrating his 80th birthday today and was delighted to have an early celebration with ex-team mates and supporters of the club.

A planning application to demolish a beloved community hall has been refused to the delight of residents.

A 27-year-old man has launched a social media project in a bid to teach sign language to the masses.

A specialist group for new mums and dads cope with the early days of parenthood, is celebrating its first birthday.

A beloved community venue is ensuring young people are being heard with the launch of its new programme.

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

A 27-year-old personal trainer who was left paralysed from the chest down is getting ready to take on a half marathon for charity.

A beloved community theatre has launched an appeal to find new volunteers to give a helping hand in 2019.

A former Conservative mayor has been expelled from the party following an investigation into alleged sexual harassment against an ex-councillor.

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Stars of BBC 2’s Eggheads will be hosting an annual quiz in aid of a worthy cause.

A charity ball to raise money for two worthy causes will be held next month.

A former Recorder reporter will be taking on this year’s London Marathon to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice.

Rainham will undergo a digital boost as £800,000 has been secured to improve “digital connectivity” in the area.

A popular nightclub in the heart of Romford town centre will close next weekend.

It was one of the busiest Christmases ever for new arrivals in the borough as 25 babies were brought into the world on Christmas Day.

“This is really an award for all those that have helped along the way, those that have performed at the theatre and the patrons who have supported us over the past six years - I’m incredibly proud of all of us.”

Children were delighted to be awarded prizes after winning competitions from the council’s healthy lifestyle app.

More than £300,000 worth of penalty notices have been handed out to criminal landlords over the last 11 months, it has been revealed.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas everyone!

A member of staff at Romford station has raised thousands of pounds for charity by walking the length of the future Elizabeth Line.

With Christmas just a couple of days away, why not get a bit merry and try our “complete the Christmas lyric” quiz!

Are you child-like and filled with joy like Buddy the Elf? Or are you more of a cynical Ebenizer Scrooge?

A person who was trying to enter the murder trial over the killing of 15-year-old Jordan Douherty at the Old Bailey earlier this week, was arrested for trying to get a 10-inch knife into the court room.

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a 15-year-old boy after he was attacked and fatally stabbed outside a community centre.

A veteran’s club and cafe will be providing Christmas lunches for those who are alone this Christmas.

Annette Potamitis, owner of Potty’s Paws, Dorset Avenue, Romford, and her staff have been working with charity Friends of Essex and London Homeless to meet homeless people with dogs around London, to get their pets washed and groomed.

There’s a reason why people call it the most wonderful time of the year.


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

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