Colin Grainger

Editor, journalist and family man

The uninvited guest who dropped in – and helped fund the fightback against Hitler

How the Miracle of Grenadier Street Turned the Tables on Hitler sounds like it should be title of a film or book. But our latest in the Forgotten Stories series is a gem amidst the […]

Farewell to The Lane – emotional, inspirational, exceptional

There’s a line in the marvellous movie Kingpin that just had to be repeated as we walked up the steps to our seats one last time at the famous old stadium. “Welcome to Our Church,” […]

How the floods of the 1950s shaped our past and present

London is thankfully protected from flooding today thanks to the structure dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World – the magnificent Thames Flood Barrier at Silvertown. But the community in and around the Royal Docks […]

Mar, 31

Celebration of the life of Dr Andrea Angel – hero of the Silvertown Explosion

A special celebration of the life of one of the heroes of the Silvertown Explosion is being held next month. And a blue plaque has just been approved to mark the achievements of Dr Andrea […]

Feb, 22

Day a giant whale lost her way in Thames at North Woolwich

There’s a long tradition in East London both for children and adults of putting your own lyrics to popular songs…many of us still do it frequently today. And in the age of phone apps, YouTube […]

Feb, 20

The life of a hero of the Silvertown Explosion – firefighter Henry Vickers

It is always an honour when something you have written reveals more about one of life’s true heroes. And today I am happy to share memories of one of the legends of the Silvertown Explosion […]

Jan, 29

Poignant anniversary of the shocking Silvertown Explosion – an ‘accident waiting to happen’

One hundred years ago saw an event in Silvertown’s history that many believed was “an accident waiting to happen”. In this special edition of londonsroyaldocks.com’s Forgotten Stories section we remember The Silvertown Explosion through the […]

Jan, 10

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