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The end of the school year is here, but some schools have been left without the normal opportunity to say goodbye and wish their departing students the best for the future.

We’re celebrating the first 150 years of the East London Advertiser asking famous figures who began their media careers on the paper what they remember of that little newsroom tucked away in the East End. One celebrity we nurtured, Talk Radio broadcaster and presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer, tells her own story of the year back in the mid 1990s when she was on our manor...

Some big names have swung through the offices of the East London Advertiser on their way up the showbiz ladder, like TV’s Richard Madeley who joined us in 1975 as a young cub reporter. We are having our 150th birthday bash this week with a look back at some of the news of the day we’ve carried since 1866 and some of the characters who helped us write it. Richard tells his own story...

Commuters to face delays as bus drivers go on strike in Tower Hamlets this morning.

Last week, the Government published its long-awaited report into allegations of mismanagement at Tower Hamlets Council. It is a shameful report that shows a disregard for proper, transparent, accountable decision making by the current administration. Grants were apparently sent to or increased for favoured organisations, and it looks like buildings were sold after questionable late bids, and changes to decisions, possibly at a loss to local people.

If you turn left on leaving East Ham station and cross Burges Road, the shop on the corner is covered in distinctive green, blue and white Lycamobile posters. Readers may recall this used to be a shop where you could join the AA, which still owns the building. Then it became a Gnanam Telecom telephone calling office and sold Vectonecalling cards.

A top architect and urban planning practice has been signed up in a deal to complete the masterplan for the massive 20-acre Wood Wharf development next to Canary Wharf.

Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer: Borough Commander Tower Hamlets Police

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