Colin Grainger

East London

Help charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve be the Christmas Number One!

Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve are staging  their biggest fundraising event to date – and your participation can help us become the Christmas Number One! Get into the Christmas spirit and be part of an official […]

Oct, 23

Revealed: Touching World War One Armistice story from Silvertown 100 years ago

As the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War draws near, it is my pleasure to reveal a touching story from a century ago – and also paint a vivid picture […]

Nov, 07

My word! Phrases and sayings that are part of our community…

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 […]

Jul, 05

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

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 […]

Feb, 03

Killed in the line of duty: Twenty years on – our debt to Pc Nina Mackay

It was – and still is – one of the most shocking crimes in the history of Newham. Policewoman Nina Mackay paid with her life as she tried to help colleagues. She was the first […]

Oct, 23

The Ferry Festival – an event with a special place in the hearts of the ‘island’ community of North Woolwich and Silvertown

Of all the marvellous tales that have been captured both in words and on film in the Forgotten Stories series there is one event in local history that has a special place in the hearts […]

Jul, 26

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