More than a thousand fundraisers were bathed in glorious sunshine – and colourful bubbles – as they tackled a 5km course.

A beloved children’s character stopped by Barkingside to entertain families, and celebrate a big anniversary.

Ilford’s streets may be lined with high-rise flats, housing developments and shops more than remnants of eras gone by, but the town has a varied history, from its origins in the ancient era as part of Barking parish, to its centuries of rural domesticity and the house building and population boom of the 20th century.

The borough’s thriving heritage scene includes groups dedicated to protecting, and sharing, tales from the past. Here the Woodford and Wanstead historical societies share insights into their varied activities.

With less than a week to go until the deadline to vote in the general election, two of Redbridge’s youth MPs urge the borough’s young adults to make their voices heard.

Young fantasy fans will find adventure aplenty in the debut of a Clayhall-born writer.

Prime-time shows such as Who Do You Think You Are?, where showbiz figures trace back their roots, have sparked off a huge interest in genealogy, through our natural curiosity about other people’s lives.

Redbridge Museum, based in the Central Library, Ilford, is the community history museum for the borough, managed by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. For Local History Month, running throughout May, Redbridge Museum and Heritage Service manager Gerard Greene shares some thoughts on what it’s like to work there.

Ilford North constituents may well feel a sense of déjà vu this summer, with the three main election candidates reprising their campaigns of two years ago.

Visualising an opera performance, it’s likely you’ll conjure up magnificent domed halls boasting gilded balconies, plush red curtains, opulent painted ceilings.

Growing up with the Krays, witnessing bombings during the Blitz, Alan Trinnaman has certainly led a colourful life, and has the stories to prove it.

Philosopher, magician, mathematician, cosmologist, poet. Italian maverick Giordano Bruno was a true Renaissance polymath, who caused quite a stir in the 16th century.

It may feel like Christmas has only just been and gone, but with Easter soon upon us, here are some holiday highlights families can enjoy.

When Steve Richards left school at 16, without a clue as to what to do next, he had no idea what the future held for him.

The world wars cast the longest shadow over the 20th century, but it is a different conflict of the time which will be in the spotlight next week.

Redbridge Youth Council has long given children and teenagers the chance to make a difference in their communities. With the latest Youth Parliament election over, old and new MYPs share their views.

Close to 100 years ago, a landmark day in British history dawned. Years of protests, hunger strikes, prison spells, even war work, finally led to the moment thousands of women were waiting for, namely their entry into the political system.

A year after staging swashbuckling comedy The Pirates of Penzance, the Havering Music Makers returned to the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT) for the opening night of a darkly entertaining show about a barber with murder on his mind.

School uniforms are out and all manner of zany outfits are in as the borough’s youngsters (and a few adults) come together to celebrate World Book Day.

There are surely not many careers more rewarding than nursing, the occupation of the compassionate, who devote much of their waking hours to caring for others, making the most monumental difference to so many lives.

World Book Day has a special place in many a child’s heart, offering them the opportunity to walk the corridors as their favourite fiction hero or villain, be that Willy Wonka, Bilbo Baggins, Peter Pan, or even Voldemort.

A macabre tale of murder fronted by a barber who uses his snipping skills to deadly effect may not sound like your usual night at the theatre, but it’s music to the ears of a talented theatrical group looking to bring audiences something just a bit different.

With World Book Day fast approaching, test your knowledge of some of the globe’s most beloved children’s books.

Each year, hordes of Willy Wonkas, Mad Hatters, Gruffalos and Harry Potters walk the nation’s classrooms for the ultimate celebration of literature – World Book Day.

Young bookworms can immerse themselves in magical worlds of dragons and giants – and enjoy a talk or two – at a festival making its debut.

“My darling Charlie... For some time past, I have been dreading such news as you have given me. I think of all the danger you are encountering, my heart beats with fear.

The unfulfilled promise of the “lost generation” is an enduring image of the First World War, with scores of young men lying in pieces on the battlefields of the Western Front and beyond, their hopes, dreams and futures all obliterated by the metal war machine.

The First World War’s bloodiest battle is to be commemorated by communities across Redbridge tomorrow.

From the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the fall of the British Empire, to the social liberation of the Sixties, class struggles of the Eighties and the dawn of the internet, the Queen has seen more change than any of her predecessors.

July 1 1916 will forever be immortalised as one of the darkest days in the history of the British Army.

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