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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Romford Film Festival is back – one of the first to take place physically since the coronavirus crisis began.

Professor Ged Martin explores the fight for life of a Romford schoolteacher who died 60 years ago

Dennis Goodwin was 18 when the allies declared Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, ending a war which was “80 per cent boredom and 20 per cent excitement”.

Prof Ged Martin looks at James London from Collier Row, who drove a 174 bus and wrote poetry in the Essex dialect

Members of the Elm Park Royal British Legion are trying to track down the family of a First World War soldier after his medal was handed into the branch.

As 2019 draws to a close, the Recorder takes a look back at some of the biggest stories to have come out of Havering this year.

Prof Ged Martin recalls how Elm Park turned out to cheer a famous woman pilot

Prof Ged Martin looks at an epidemic of doggerel that engulfed our area a century ago

A First World War exhibition in Hornchurch enabled visitors to learn more about the borough’s role during the war while paying their respects to fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

The story of a chaplain whose faith is tested during the First World War will be shown in Harold Wood for this year’s Remembrance Day.

A group of knitters have embarked on a major challenge to create more than 800,000 poppies to remember fallen soldiers.

Residents in Harold Wood came together to celebrate 100 years since the opening of the Harold Wood War Memorial.

A wartime play that features the plight of an ordinary soldier serving during the First World War is coming to Romford.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

A memorial funded by the community was unveiled in a special ceremony at the site of a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Prof Ged Martin explains the history of six cottages built for disabled ex-Royal Navy men

Hornchurch and Upminster’s sea cadet unit went on an historic trip to help plant trees at Jutland Wood last month.

Prof Ged Martin

“It’s a show for the people. It’s about the voices you haven’t heard from that time and their stories.”

Prof Ged Martin relates a strange episode from a Harold Wood farm a century ago

Residents and councillors are calling for the decision on whether Havering Council will build homes on land close to Dovers Farm in Rainham, to be made by the planning inspectorate.

Prof Ged Martin reveals a dubious scheme to make money out of the First World War

Ettie Rout was a woman ahead of her time, as Prof Ged Martin finds out

Campaigners are fundraising for a memorial stone to commemorate workers who were killed in an explosion at Rainham Chemical Works in 1916.

WW100

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict that cost around 10 million lives and changed forever the lives of those who experienced it at home or on the battlefields of Europe.

Throughout the year, the Romford Recorder will be retelling stirring tales of bravery from the frontline and highlighting the terrifying moments that those back home endured, worrying about their loved ones as they listened for the far-off rumble of guns from mainland Europe.

Was your grandfather a war hero? Do you have carefully preserved photos from that time?

Share your stories with reporter Bethany Wyatt.

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