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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pub landlady Pauline Forster is going back to her local town hall in her long-running battle to stop developers putting up a block of six luxury flats on her doorstep.

A two-year-old tot started the massive demolition of east London’s former Westferry printworks on the Isle of Dogs today.

The Chief Treasury Secretary got an eyeful of just what the overcrowding problem is in London’s East End where planning development “overdrive” aims to treble the crammed population of the Isle of Dogs in the next 10 years.

A corner of London’s East End with its crammed population set to treble in the next 10 years with yet more tower blocks packed into its two square miles is telling the Government “enough is enough”.

An elderly lady sat with young mums at a council cabinet meeting aiming to stop its nurseries being privatised, wagging her finger at the mayor not to use the word “savings” when they were really “cuts”.

The birds and bees who used to stop off at the Limehouse Triangle in London’s high-density concrete East End have been given a belated reprieve.

The last working steam coaster in the world has once again escaped the scrapyard and is “coming home” to the Thames where it was first built 127 years ago.

Regulars are stepping up their fight to save one of the few remaining cockney boozers in London’s East End which could go up for auction next Thursday.

Legal moves to stop developers tearing down a community centre on the Thames waterfront opposite Greenwich Palace to build luxury flats have begun with an appeal to the Sectary of State over who actually owns the site.

Retired school-teacher Chris West has completed a year-long look at what his near neighbours get up to in the Tower of London.

The charity that looks after London’s Regent’s Canal is searching for volunteers to take-up the iconic waterway role of becoming lock-keepers.

The future of a wall for street artists known the world over is in jeopardy as a development where Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre was unearthed draws near to completion.

We’ve reached the end of the line with our nightly series on the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary by looking at the fall from grace of an elected mayor and the start of London’s ‘super tube’ giving hope for the East End’s future. It’s how we’ll be shaping up for the next 150 years reporting the news...

We have reached July, 2005, in our nightly series marking the 150th anniversary of the East London Advertiser. There’s destruction on the streets where there was meant to be pride and joy after London the day before had won the bid to stage the 2012 Olympics. It becomes known as ‘London 7/7’ when Islamist suicide bombers kill 52 people on our public transport...

The devastation caused by the IRA bombing at Canary Wharf in 1996 is the next chapter in our nightly series marking the 150th anniversary of the East London Advertiser. The Semtex explosion outside the Midland Bank kills two men and injures 54 other people, many of them families in Millwall nearby, some of whom still struggle to deal with the aftermath even 20 years on...

Campaigners won the battle last night to prevent developers throwing up a 28-storey skyscraper that would overshadow Grade I listed almshouses just 80 yards away which were designed by Christopher Wren in 1695.

We reach 1975 in our nightly series to mark the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary looking at an extraordinary campaign daubed on railway arches to free convicted East End bank robber George Davis. He is finally released because of dubious evidence pinning him to the heist—only to be caught red-handed in another armed robbery with firearms at his side...

The 1960s are the years of “all change” when nothing seems to stay the same. Our nightly series marking the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary reaches the decade that begins with the loss of our clean, silent-running and environmentally-friendly trolley buses, to the formation of the new London Borough of Tower Hamlets half way through, the East London Advertiser’s own centenary a year later and ending with a rebellious Isle of Dogs trying to break away...

The horrifying and sad story of the Dudgeon’s Wharf disaster makes the headlines as our nightly series commemorating the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary reaches the end of the 1960s. A disused oil storage depot on the Isle of Dogs is being demolished on the waterfront at Millwall, but a spark from a cutting torch ignites oil vapours and there is a terrific blast heard for miles —and six men are hurled to their deaths...

Violence has always been a part of reporting news of London’s East End at least since we began in 1866, you may have noticed in this nightly series marking the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary last month. Among the most violent episodes are the Kray twins and ‘the firm’ dominating the underworld in the 1950s and 60s, running their ‘empire of evil’ from their mum Violet’s rented terraced cottage in Vallance Road—until they are brought down at the Old Bailey in 1969...

1953: It rains all day on Coronation Day, June 2, but not enough to put the dampers on street parties in the East End. Our lookback at the news of the day to mark the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary last month reports the Queen’s motorcade the next day through the East End mobbed by cheering crowds...

At last it’s Peace. Victory in Europe with Hitler finally defeated and the East End can breathe safely after nearly six years of war. Our nightly revisit to the big stories of the Age marking the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary last month has now reached 1945, a brave new world with hope for our future...

The Second World War in Europe is drawing to a close—but the defiant Nazis have a last shot at London with their deadly V2 rocket. Our nightly series looking at the big stories of the day to mark the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary last month has arrived at 1945 and the tragedy of Hughes Mansions, the story that we couldn’t bring you at the time...

The 1943 Bethnal Green air-raid shelter disaster is our next stop on our nightly look at the big news to mark the East London Advertiser’s 150th anniversary. The press and even the local authority can say nothing about warnings ignored about the dangerous shelter conditions because of a gagging order by Home Security Minister Herbert Morrison under wartime Emergency Defence Regulations. But years later, the facts are exposed...

An historical folk band led a procession at Blackwall to mark the 410th anniversary of the first English colonists to set sail from the Thames for the New World.

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