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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.

The cruelties of war all too often extend to the streets of the battling nations, with families, homes and livelihoods torn apart by the undiscriminating nature of conflict.

The outbreak of the First World War heralded a wave of patriotic fervour in summer 1914, with Britain’s men, young and old, smelling the sweet scent of adventure, with the dash of danger they craved.

Many an adult recalling their childhood will remember carefree and chaotic days spent larking about with their siblings, fuelling their imaginations with all the sights and sounds around them.

The vital services offered by the Indigo Project would not be possible without its team of dedicated volunteers.

As a young child, Tomomi Malcolm would sob every time her mother was wrenched away for another visit to hospital, not knowing when her debilitating illness would loosen its grip and she could return home.

Campaigners have launched a petition urging Redbridge Council to extend its free parking scheme to an area where businesses are being “killed” by the competition.

Congestion in Redbridge

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

There is queuing traffic on the A406 North Circular Road southbound, between South Woodford Roundabout and Redbridge Roundabout.

As a nation of dog lovers, it is sometimes said that our choice of pooch can reveal quite a lot about us.

A youngster who has published his own book enjoyed a special launch for it at a school.

Congestion in Redbridge

Friday, October 16, 2015

There is queueing traffic on the A406 North Circular Road southbound, between South Woodford and Redbridge Roundabout.

It’s time to bring out the orange for the return of a Halloween event.

A host of television stars turned out at an annual gala last night in support of youngsters with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

A 24-year-old could be on his way to infinity and beyond after reaching the final three of a unique competition.

The colours of the season shone bright at a community allotment fun day.

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