Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

50 years ago – how Ronan Point tragedy shaped lives of future generations

Fifty years on that sight still lives in the memory. There were no morning TV shows, nothing on the radio. The first we knew that a tower block had collapsed was when we arrived at […]

Ambition Aspire Achieve: A film about our work

Making a difference…changing lives. A film by Marieta and Gareth Evans about charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

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 – […]

Apr, 10

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 […]

Apr, 04

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

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