Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

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 […]

What a pen and ink! Smells that left rich memories in our brains

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

Hammers boost charity working to change the lives of young people

Last night a very special charity was able to raise funds and feature on the screen at The London Stadium at the West Ham United – Crystal Palace Premier League Game. We were also given […]

Jan, 31

Brilliant! Your kindness brought toy joy to thousands of children

It gives me great pleasure to report that the appeal at the heart of life in Newham reached its massive target in time to spread seasonal joy – and now it is time to say […]

Jan, 03

Appeal for a nappy new year – help find abandoned baby’s mother

Police have made an end of year plea to trace the mother of  a baby found abandoned in Plaistow. It is now more than three months since the baby boy – named Harry by the […]

Dec, 30

Launch of a special appeal at the heart of our community

Today sees the launch of a special community appeal that has been part of  life in Newham for the last 40 years. I was proud to be part of the first Community Links and Newham Recorder […]

Nov, 08

Goodnight inspirational Irene – oh how we loved you

The wonderful Irene Poole has sadly passed away. I have been honoured to know some very special people in my life, and Rene was one of them. Kind, polite, a real lady and a joy to […]

Nov, 07

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