Spotlight on 75th anniversary of VE Day – some marvellous local memories

Some marvellous memories were gathered to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Newham, writes Colin Grainger. The first is from Roy Cable, who was a young boy when the Blitz started. He shares his memories of air raids, bomb shelters and VE Day street parties. Enjoy, and there are 13 other VE Day … More Spotlight on 75th anniversary of VE Day – some marvellous local memories

Pictures of the part the Royal Docks played in the D Day landings

More than three years ago I wrote a piece that attracted a lot of interest about the part that our manor played in the D Day. Thanks to the memories of funeral boss Stan Harris I told a story that had stayed relatively unknown for generations. It is a story that changed the course of … More Pictures of the part the Royal Docks played in the D Day landings

How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

Two events are being staged as part of a special festival to celebrate the history of the Royal Docks, writes Colin Grainger. And local people with a passion for history are being given the chance to not only enjoy but take part in the events. Newham is one of the Museum of London Docklands primary … More How you can be part of events celebrating the history of the Royal Docks

Mind your language – imagery that reveals so much of our lives…

I’ll have to be very careful with this look back at the phrases and sayings that have been part of life in and around the Royal docks community since well before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye. If I give the impression I don’t know my ’ariss from my elbow I might have … More Mind your language – imagery that reveals so much of our lives…

Classic picture from 65 years ago of the King George V Dock entrance

Another in our Reflections of the Past series. Reflections of the past 803: Superb pic of the KGV Dock entrance, Silvertown from 1953. As you may be able to tell from the fold in the centre it taken is from the superb book The East End: Then and Now by Winston Ramsey, writes Colin Grainger. … More Classic picture from 65 years ago of the King George V Dock entrance