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Harry and Amelia are top baby names of 2011

Harry and Amelia are top baby names of 2011

Harry and Amelia were the most popular baby names of 2011, according to data announced at University Hospital Lewisham. The Office for National Statistics revealed 7,523 children in England and Wales were named Harry, while 5,054 were called Amelia. Perhaps down to the popularity of Prince Harry, Harry Potter or…

Hackney Council regains control of its schools

Hackney Council regains control of its schools

For the first time in 10 years Hackney Council will regain responsibility of its schools, after previously failing to provide adequate educational services. The borough became the only one in London to hand over control of its education to a private company called The Learning Trust back in 2002 after…

Croydon athlete reaches Olympic discus final with impressive throw

Croydon athlete reaches Olympic discus final with impressive throw

Lawrence Okoye will compete in the Olympic discus final on August 7 after a testing qualifying round in front of 80,000 spectators. The athlete, who hails from Croydon, struggled initially when his first throw landed outside the permitted zone, narrowly missing a photographer.  On Okoye’s second throw he was on target…

Lewisham fights to save its declining pubs

Lewisham fights to save its declining pubs

More than a third of Lewisham’s pubs have disappeared in  the past decade, according to a new report released by the borough council. Sydenham ward Councillor Liam Curran is now campaigning for a change to local planning permission to save pubs for future generations. The report, which was released at the councils Sustainable…

Olympic Games opening ceremony gets thumbs up for being most eccentric and funniest ever

Olympic Games opening ceremony gets thumbs up for being most eccentric and funniest ever

With an estimated viewing audience of 28 million Britons and one billion people globally,  film director Danny Boyle’s three-and-a-half hour opening ceremony has been described as the most eccentric opening of the Olympic Games ever.…

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

Helping Croydon’s homeless get back on their feet

  When Croydon was hit by riots last year, dozens of local families who had lost their homes to arson found themselves living on the streets. Local homelessness charity Nightwatch was well equipped to offer assistance after having run resettlement programmes for more than ten years. While the council found…

Exhibition charts David Bailey’s return to his East London roots

Exhibition charts David Bailey’s return to his East London roots

An unreleased shot of the infamous Kray twins who grew up in Vallance Road, Bethnal Green, is the highlight of a new photography exhibition showing the changing face of London’s East End. With the Olympics just around the corner, legendary photographer David Bailey returns to his East End roots with…

New trams as Croydon town centre looks up

New trams as Croydon town centre looks up

Tram services through Croydon city centre increased by 50% this week as Westfield  announced a 1 billion bid to redevelop the  the Whitgift centre.…

Croydon celebrates Armed Forces Week

Croydon celebrates Armed Forces Week

Croydon  becomes the first borough in London tomorrow to hold an Armed Forces week.…