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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sixty years ago today, flames 100 feet high came within minutes of destroying the vast majority of Ilford High Road as a massive fire at Harrison Gibson furniture store caused millions of pounds worth of damage.

Gants Hill, Barkingside and Redbridge have been named as some of the most aesthetically pleasing Tube stations on the London Underground.

Furious campaigners have asked the Mayor of London to step in and get TfL to restore the 25 bus service to its full route from east London to Oxford Circus.

The community is being called on help unearth the “lost history” of Redbridge as footage chronicling the capital over the last century is released.

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

Redbridge Heritage Centre staff and volunteers spent almost three years cataloguing building plans into a database to make it easier to spot trends and find out new information.

As we prepare to welcome 2019, The Recorder takes a look at the last six months of the past year, and the biggest stories we have reported on. Yesterday we took a look at the first half of 2018.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is, for many people, a time for relaxing, visiting friends and family and picking up a bargain or two in the sales.

The battle to save Bodgers is not over after a resident applied to give the shop’s former building a special status to help protect it from redevelopment.

Colin Runeckles, of Ilford Historical Society, tells the story of a man who embodied the true spirit of Christmas

The lost stories of 54 Goodmayes parishioners who gave their lives in the First World War are set to be uncovered with the help of a £10,000 grant.

Twenty pubs in Redbridge have closed their doors since 2001, figures have revealed.

Redbridge Council has quietly splashed out £25 million on commercial properties, including the sites of two nightclubs, an investigation has found.

A woman from East Ham who was famously sentenced to the death penalty in the 1920s is to be reburied in her family grave.

An emotional Remembrance service was held in Wanstead as residents gathered at the town’s war memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Crowds including local police officers, firemen and local children paid their respects to the fallen on the centenary of the end of the First World War at a special ceremony in Hainault.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, pupils in Seven Kings installed more than 1,000 handmade poppies at the front of their school.

Hundreds from the borough’s diverse faith communities gathered in Newbury Park to pay their respects to those from Ilford who gave their lives during the First World War and commemorate a century since Armistice Day.

When the alarms sounded to let people know the war had ended many thought they were under attack.

There was a “spine-tingling” reading of the names of 70 South Woodford men who died fighting in the First World War at the town’s Armistice centenary memorial service this morning (Saturday, November 10).

On Armistice Day, 1918, men, women and children united to celebrate the war’s end, but the relieved crowds without meaning to helped spread a deadly disease.

Thousands of men and women whose deaths can be linked to the First World War have yet to be commemorated.

It was a summer’s day when the discharged soldier’s body was fished out of the river.

It was only in his final days that Mary McCarten’s 91-year-old father came clean that his own dad – an Ilford barber – had been interned as an “enemy alien” during the First World War.

Policing across London has changed a lot since the Metropolitan Police Service was first formed 189 years ago, here’s a look at how they started in Redbridge

Hainault resident Derek Hall remembers a bicycle trip he took as a schoolboy with five friends to Weston-super-Mare

The owner of an Ilford pub where a fire broke out says the venue will re-open in December.

October is Black History Month and in celebration Redbridge has a packed programme of events, talks and activities to foster an understanding of black history and honour black contributions to society. Here is a list of some of the exciting events on offer.

At the beginning of the 20th century Colonel the Honourable William Frederick Cody was one of the most famous men in the world.

Not all superheroes wear capes and not all wonder women prance about in blue hotpants and gold encrusted headdresses (though they can if they want to of course).

Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith and residents gathered for a special Battle of Britain exhibition to mark the 78th anniversary of the battle during the Second World War.

Today – September 17, 2018 – the Recorder celebrates 120 years since the publication of its first edition, and to mark the prestigious occassion, we are thrilled to take a look back at the last 12 decades we have spent serving the different communities of Redbridge.

In the first of a two-part special, Prof Ged Martin looks at the history of the stations along the Liverpool Street line.

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

In this second article, following on from last month’s tale, local historian David Martin, recalls meeting Lord Carrington a second time at Hainault Forest Country Park’s centenary celebrations.

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

Hainault will be transformed into an “urban woodland” after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced thousands of trees will be shipped to Redbridge.

One of east London’s biggest-ever horse-drawn funerals paraded through the streets for the funeral of ‘the king of Roman Road Market’ with nearly 300 mourners.

From the lost Roman villa in Wanstead to the Iron Age camp in Ilford, grab your little ones and a sense of adventure and head on down to an interactive exhibition about the borough’s buildings past and present.

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.

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

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