Colin Grainger

North Woolwich

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 […]

Jun, 27

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

Real Olympics Legacy ignored in Government’s rush to claim credit says Sir Robin Wales

The real legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been ignored by ministers in their rush to claim credit for their achievements. That is the response from Mayor of Newham and former member […]

Jul, 21

Mauretania…a different view of a piece of history in Newham’s docks.

A different view of the magical moment from Newham’s history…as the famous Mauretania becomes the biggest ship in history to enter the Royal Docks in North Woolwich in 1939. In the same way that London […]

Jun, 08

Hanging on to our sense of East End unity – MP Lyn Brown

  In the latest in a series of articles about the Olympics Legacy, probably the most inspirational views come from MP Lyn Brown. West Ham MP Lyn Brown firmly believes that the goodwill and community […]

Jun, 06

Mayor of Newham’s message over Woolwich tragedy

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales has spoken for the community in East London with a message to the borough’s neighbours just across the River Thames, following the tragic death of drummer Lee Rigby. Young father […]

May, 28

Reflections of the Past 4: The Monarch…the ship at the end of our streets!

Probably the most famous picture from my childhood. Saville Road, North Woolwich, a couple of roads away from the two streets where I grew up, Auberon Street and Rhea Street, is the setting for this […]

May, 03

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