Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

The Palace: East Ham Theatre with a special place in my heart

The Palace was the last surviving theatre in East Ham, enduring The Blitz and lasting half a century after its creation. The theatre – and what was built on its site after it closed – […]

How pubs gave communities their soul – and a barrel of laughs and memories

The pub beano, this one from the Prince of Wales pub, Custom House, a tradition that helped you make friends for life   They are – still ­- the heartbeat of communities. But these key […]

Thief causes heartbreak for charity working with disabled young people

A thief has caused heartbreak for a charity working with disabled youngsters – by making off with a specialist trike from their base in Canning Town. The thief struck earlier this week at the Terence […]

Mar, 08

Memories are made of this – Moody’s ‘Rathbone’ herbal potions and amazing sarsparilla

It is with great pleasure that I am able to showpiece a smashing piece of history – thanks to the granddaughter of a true Canning Town legend. And in the midst of this cold spell, […]

Mar, 02

The sweet smells and tastes of Newham’s Royal Docks community…

The Royal Docks area has a rich history in every sense – literally. We’ll often think back to the events of our manor and the sights we have seen. But the smells and tastes also […]

Mar, 01

Heritage Newham reveals a vision for the future

The Heritage Newham group launched over two years ago and has brought together many individuals and organisations who have a passion for history and heritage. There is a massive amount of goodwill in and around […]

Feb, 24

A love story that captured the nation’s heart – 77 years ago

It’s the time of year when romance is in the air. And so it seemed appropriate to bring back into focus one of the love stories of the century. The wedding that not only captured […]

Feb, 05

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