Forgotten Stories: Black Saturday

Forgotten Stories: Black Saturday

Attacks from the air during World War II had a devastating effect on London’s Royal Docks and the people who lived and worked in the area. The bombings began in July, 1940, but the start of what’s known as The Blitz was marked later that year by Black Saturday. It was reported that 348 German bombers, accompanied by 617 fighter planes attacked London on September 7, 1940. Around 1000 bombs and other incendiary devices were dropped on strategically important areas, like The Royal Docks. One hundred and forty six people were killed in East and West Ham alone, with the death toll across London reaching close to 500. Many stories of that dramatic first weekend of The Blitz were collected by London Borough of Newham Heritage & Archives. You can read this remarkable document here. Arthur Dance was 11-years old at the time of the bombings: – “I was down Rathbone Street; there was quite a mob of us and it was a red hot day. The planes came over and the bombs were falling before the sirens had even gone, and we just made one dash for it. We didn’t even know what was going on. We knew it was war but being kids of 11 we had never seen anything or heard anything like it before – it was quite a shock. “A sister of mine was running up Hermit Road looking for us; she dragged us back home; she threw us down the shelter. My sisters were lying on top of all us young ’uns and we lay there like that for two and a half...
Is This a Waste Land? performances for Silvertown

Is This a Waste Land? performances for Silvertown

Artists, photographers and film-makers from all over the world have been drawn to the abandoned industrial spaces around London’s Royal Docks. In October, an outdoor performance using immersive sound is the latest project to be staged on the derelict land of Silvertown. Is This a Waste Land? takes place between October 13-15 and October 20-22. The creation of Brighton-based Charlotte Spencer Projects, the event forms part of the Dance Umbrella 2017 series. Audience members are invited to wear headphones and become part of an emotional shared experience. They are also invited to bring along one unwanted object they are happy to donate to the performance. You can see a trailer for Is This a Waste Land on the Charlotte Spencer Projects website. For more information and tickets to the event, visit the Dance Umbrella website. Photo credit: Pari Naderi....
The return of Formula 1 Powerboat racing

The return of Formula 1 Powerboat racing

Formula 1 Powerboat racing will return to the English capital for the first time in over 30 years, as London’s Royal Docks host London Grand Prix as part of the 2018 World Championship season. The world’s leading F1 Powerboat drivers will race around the iconic Royal Victoria Dock site on June 16-17 next year. The event will give spectators the chance to see the lightweight and powerful catamarans race at speeds of up to 140mph. The race will also showcase the latest powerboat technology and engineering, as part of London Tech Week 2018, Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation. The London Grand Prix will also feature as part of the landmark 38th F1H20 World Championship season that will see eight races held in cities across the world including Abu Dhabi, Miami and Harbin, China. Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London & Partners said: “London is the sporting and cultural capital of the world. Over the last few months our great city has once again shown our enthusiasm for sport and openness, welcoming some of the greatest sports stars and fans from all over the world.” “I am delighted that the Formula 1 Powerboat championships will be returning to London and offers further proof that London is able to attract the best international sporting events.” Mr. Li Haojie, Chairman of Tianrong Sports, the Chinese sports promotional company behind the U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship added: “London has a great sporting tradition and was a natural choice to showcase Formula 1 Powerboat racing. We are excited to bring the sport back to London at the iconic Royal Victoria Docks, and hope the event...
LGBT parents feel safest in Newham

LGBT parents feel safest in Newham

Newham has been named the most LGBT family-friendly borough in London in a recent survey, thanks to its access to affordable property, good schools and safety within the community. The survey was conducted by My Future Family Show, which provides information to which gives advice on adoption, fostering, surrogacy, IVF and co-parenting. Speaking to the Evening Standard newspaper, Sarah Garrett of MFFS said: “By ranking the London boroughs on sexual orientation hate crime as well as other essential factors, we’ve found out where LGBT parents might feel safest starting a family. “Newham is a potentially brilliant place for LGBT parents to raise a family. It offers more affordable alternatives to neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch and Stoke Newington for those looking to settle down. In the coming years, the Elizabeth Line will vastly improve its transport links.” For further information and tickets to My Future Family Show visit the...
Touchdown for Bombardier at City Airport

Touchdown for Bombardier at City Airport

Passengers at London City Airport had a glimpse of its future earlier this month, with the arrival of the largest commercial plane to have touched down on its runway. The Swiss International Airlines Bombardier C Series flew from Zurich to London’s Royal Docks on August 8. Despite its size, the plane is quieter than the Avro RJ100 fleet being phased out by Swiss International Air. The design of the aircraft took into consideration the relatively steep approach and short runway at London City Airport. In March this year manufacturers Bombardier flew a C Series aircraft on a demo flight from London City Airport to New York JFK Airport. For the full story, read the article published by The Wharf...
ExCel London hosts Sewing Bee Show

ExCel London hosts Sewing Bee Show

If you spot a warm, autumnal glow surrounding the ExCel Centre at London’s Royal Docks next month, you’ll know that one of the BBC’s homeliest TV programmes, The Great British Sewing Bee, is in residence. The first Great British Sewing Bee Live, takes place from September 21-24 at ExCeL London. Lovers of dressmaking, tailoring, fashion and textiles, from professionals to complete beginners, can enjoy over 250 workshops and demonstrations by GBSB contestants, as well as The Great British Sewing Bee Live Super Theatre, featuring presenters Patrick Grant and Esme Young. There will be dressmaking drop-in clinics and a make-at-home fashion catwalk, as well as garment and vintage galleries. For further information and tickets, visit the Great British Sewing Bee...