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Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

A four-year-old girl from New Cross has celebrated the New Year with a Little Star Award for her bravery in battling cancer. Phoebe Seabright, who is now free of the disease thanks to life-saving treatment, was presented the award by Cancer Research UK in partnership with TK Maxx. The awards recognise…

ELL Guide to Christmas: Boozy beverages for Xmas

ELL Guide to Christmas: Boozy beverages for Xmas

Who doesn’t love a cocktail and there’s no time better to get your fill than the most festive of holidays – Christmas. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite seasonal cocktails and local establishments to help get you through the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas.  …

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year’s Christmas number one. The 29-year-old’s single Something I Need had combined chart sales of over 214,000 and is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which shifted…

ELL Guide to Christmas: How to volunteer and help out in your local community over the festive period

ELL Guide to Christmas: How to volunteer and help out in your local community over the festive period

It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. But for many living in Eastlondonlines boroughs, “visions of sugar-plums” are ousted by the prospect of another night on the streets or the memories of absent family. Preoccupied with thoughts of…

ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

ELL’s guide to a happy, healthy and hopefully stress-free Christmas so you can sit back and enjoy the holidays

Christmas can be a magical time but it can also be a very stressful one, particularly if things go wrong. Whether it’s forgetting the cranberry sauce or something a little more serious this guide to the borough’s key services will help.…

ELL Guide to Christmas: Top 7 present-buying hotspots

ELL Guide to Christmas: Top 7 present-buying hotspots

Still not started your Christmas shopping yet? Me neither. It’s fine. In the more than likely scenario that Santa doesn’t act as the jolly janitor, there are more than enough places in the ELL boroughs to pick up your last minute gems.   Hackney DIY Christmas Art Market A very…

What Christmas means to me: School teacher

What Christmas means to me: School teacher

Rosie Lonsdale, a secondary school teacher at St Matthew Academy, Blackheath, talks to reporter Emma Henderson about the festivities and the countdown to the Christmas holidays at school. “At the moment we have seven and a half school days left. This is great and everyone is looking forward to the break. Kids and…

Stamp Duty reform draws mixed local reaction

Stamp Duty reform draws mixed local reaction

Estate agents, housing groups and homebuyers across Eastlondonlines boroughs have given mixed responses to George Osborne’s unexpected Stamp Duty reforms. Some estate agents said the reductions in duty at the lower end of the market would make a “massive difference” for middle-income buyers, while housing campaigners warned that it would only fuel…

ELL Guide to Christmas: It’s right behind you!

ELL Guide to Christmas: It’s right behind you!

From swashbuckling pirate adventures to festive film marathons, there’s plenty of family-fun over the Christmas period. Eastlondonlines sent Hannah Boland out to discover all the unmissable events over the holidays. Croydon A Journey through Bethlehem – Croydon Citadel For a last minute festive treat for the family, head down to…

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

The nation’s favourite Croydon van driver came home last night to give fans a special performance and rally even more support before the X Factor final this weekend. Crowds of at least 600 Ben Haenow fans braved the wind and rain outside Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre yesterday evening to hear the…