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Soldiers past and present will be in the community’s thoughts next weekend, as a number of services are held to mark Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day 2017 is fast approaching and the Recorder is seeking personal stories – which have not been shared with us before – to complement our coverage.

Sgt Robert Thomas Harden Kearnes was just 23 when his plane was shot down.

Discover the architectural gems on your doorstep with the return of an event all about celebrating the capital’s innovation and heritage.

The tale of two brothers killed in action on the same day during the fateful First World War has inspired a campaign for a park to be preserved in perpetuity.

There was scarcely a family who emerged unscathed by the First World War, but the O’Donoghues experienced a double heartbreak.

An entrepreneur who secured an exclusive top prize at last year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards has spoken of the “amazing” effect it has had on his charity.

With summer in full swing, here are some of the days, and nights, out families can enjoy over the next few weeks.

The 1916 Battle of the Somme typifies the Western Front for many among the public – fierce trench fighting, dubious tactics from the British Army, casualties numbering in the thousands.

Young bookworms gathered at the town hall last week for an annual celebration of children’s literature.

A woman who relied on the generosity of blood donors for transfusions across a four-year period, has joined the NHS in urging more black people to register.

Families and community groups flocked to an adventure playground yesterday to celebrate its 40 years as a place for disabled children to “just be kids”.

“The whole philosophy is about ability not disability. Kids come over the threshold and leave their disabilities at the front door.”

A D-Day veteran returned to the beaches last week to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the iconic landings.

Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

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.

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