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Being a pilot in the Royal Air Force is a source of pride for many, but for one veteran it was also a cause of frustration.

Women have served in the Royal Air Force throughout its 100 year history though the fight for equal opportunities took almost as long.

Love or hate Ilford, very few would disagree that Bodgers department store, in all its locations and formats, was a town centre icon.

The capital’s RAF Museum has welcomed visitors to new galleries for the first time following a £26million makeover.

The RAF’s next generation are playing a vital role in the service’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

This year Britain’s youngest armed service marks its centenary anniversary.

One hundred days after the Royal Air Force’s official 100th birthday, the service is to stage a spectacular one off event.

Hundreds came together in their sharpest suits and dresses to mark the arrival of the Windrush, and its Caribbean passengers from, in Tilbury Docks 70 years ago to the day.

Former RAF Leading Aircraftsman (Group 2) John Wilkinson, in conversation with David Martin

1958: Local busmen were annoyed at attempts by suspected conmen to make money from their strike by going around to houses and asking for money to support the strikes.

Once more, former Hainault schoolboy Derek Hall takes a stroll down memory lane and remembers what it was like in his family’s air raid shelter.

A Woodford Green author has received international success from his book about secret Soviet maps of the world.

A Redbridge charity dedicated to recording and preserving powerful stories from the past celebrated turning 20 with a Houses of Commons party.

There was a lovely summer house over Hainault Park with a tiled roof, it was beautiful.

In this week’s column, former Hainault schoolboy Derek Hall reminisces about the various different ways boys and girls used to keep themselves entertained while the Second World War raged.

Whether you grab your girls or your granny, call the troops together and join tens of thousands of other women celebrating how far women have come in the past 100 years.

1958: Teen Jive Hideaway shut down for being too loose

In this week’s heritage column, local historian David Martin of the Fairlop Heritage Group reproduces a Recorder article published in May 1946.

1998: Two heroic Hainault pensioners were praised by police after jumping into action to save the life of their neighbour after he collapsed.

An Ilford woman who travelled to Britain as part of an organised rescue mission during the Second World War, met with the cast of a moving play which tells the tale of a young woman who made a similar journey.

1998: A fire ripped through a Redbridge teenager’s bedroom after she inhaled incense in a bizarre attempt to increase her brain power.

Great English landscape designer Humphry Repton died 200 years ago this week. Local historian Georgina Green looks at his life and connections to the Redbridge area

Ilford Business bosses have welcomed the news that a £5million cultural quarter looks set to regenerate Ilford town centre.

A look back at the biggest stories of the week from 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

The incredible life of the man who created one of the borough’s most popular historical events is explored by David Martin, of the Fairlop Heritage Group.

Artist studios and a purpose-built market in Ilford are a step closer to becoming a reality thanks to £1.8million investment from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

A look back at the biggest stories of the week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Video: The last transaction has been made: Bodgers is closed

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A historic department store has closed its doors for the last time after 127 years of trading.

Bodgers was almost bare on its last day.

Bodgers staff were praised for working “like Trojans” over the last few months at a tearful morning meeting on the last day of trading.

Bodgers closes today in Ilford

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

After 127 years of trading, Bodgers will close its doors for good today (Wednesday, February 28) at 7pm.

In this week’s heritage column, Hainault schoolboy Derek Hall remembers what it was like in east London as the Luftwaffe pulverised neighbourhoods and fighter pilots shot up residential streets.

Local historian David Martin explains how his wartime story was translated into Farsi for visiting children

The doors to a historic former Redbridge cinema have been opened once more and its theatre filled with the soul-stirring sound of Celine Dion.

1998: A pensioner was saved from the flames of his smoke-filled kitchen fire by his neighbour, an off-duty firefighter.

The minor industrial action at the giant Ford motor works in Dagenham didn’t grab the local newspaper headlines at first, just another dispute that I covered in 1968 as a young reporter on the old Romford Times newspaper that summer.

Five decades ago, women workers at Ford’s Dagenham factory went on strike.

A hundred years ago the first women won the vote, thanks to the fight and sacrifice of the suffragettes.

A look back at the biggest stories of the week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition.

To kick-start the celebrations, Hayley Anderson delves into the history of the suffragettes and their role in history.

As women march the streets of London for gender equality and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage gets ever closer, the East End Women’s Museum, which aims to “balance the history books”, starts to take shape in.

Hayley Anderson finds out more.

In memory of the Holocaust, hundreds of Redbridge residents gathered to reflect on the power of words to both incite hatred and foster unity.

Redbridge residents are rekindling an old flame this Valentine’s Day, with a romantic movie night set to take place at a historic former cinema.

Pupils from four Redbridge primary schools came together to share speeches of hope in remembrance of the Holocaust.

Around one hundred people met for the premier of a film tracing the life of a late Holocaust survivor and campaigner from Redbridge.


An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

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