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Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here

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THERE was a palpable sense of the changing of the guard at Harlow Civic Society’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting included a number of poignant and heartfelt tributes to Harlow MP Stan Newens, who passed away last year. Stan Newens was a key member of…

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Jimmy Greaves at the Harlow Sportscentre in 1971. WE were all very saddened to hear of the death of football legend Jimmy Greaves. Some will remember him playing a number of celebrity football matches at the Harlow Sportscentre in the early seventies. Others may remember…

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THE LEADER OF Harlow Council has agreed to look into the possibility of a lasting memorial to Harlow’s 9/11 victim Simon Maddison Councillor Andrew Johnson was responding to a question from Labour councillor Tony Durcan. You can follow the filmed news item from the 11th…

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WE want to take this opportunity, on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, to pay tribute to the 2,977 people who were murdered in and near the Twin Towers of New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC and on Flight 93 in a field in…

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TRIBUTES have been pouring in after the death of a much loved Harlow resident. Danny McCarthy has passed away at the age of 79. Many will remember his shop, Dannys in The Stow, as well as his market stalls but above everything else, many will…

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THE HARLOW Civic Society has paid tribute to architect John Graham who has passed away aged 92. A spokesperson said: “We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of John Graham. John was Sir Frederick Gibberd’s partner and an important person in the history…

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Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, has paid a special and personal tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in a ‘Humble Address to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen’ in the House of Commons. Mr Halfon said he “felt real sadness at the passing…

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WE think the Duke of Edinburgh visited Harlow on at least two occasions. Both tours appeared to be an opportunity to showcase the virtues of the New Town. This would be only seven years after the New Towns Act. By 1952, much of Harlow was…

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WITH gratitude to God almighty, the entire Abraham family and extended family, with regret, announce the summoning to glory, the passing of their patriarch and mentor Mr Olivert Kwesi Anfo Abraham of Harlow, aged 81 years. Mr Olivert Abraham passed away peacefully in Princess Alexandra…

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THE FIRST ever London Marathon was held on Sunday March 29th, 1981. On that day, just over 8,000 runners took part. It has now become one of the most famous sporting events in the world. Since 1981, thousands of Harlow residents have run the 26…

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ON the anniversary of the first UK lockdown, Passmores Academy have created a video to remember those from their community that they have lost. Chief executive, Vic Goddard said: “We spoke about loss, opportunity, empathy and grief. Some of our community shared the names and…

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MARCH 11th 2021 marked one year since the World Health Organisation declared a pandemic. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) marked the anniversary by holding a special event to mark all that had happened in a terrible year. As part fo the 45 minute long…

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ESSEX Record Office is delighted to have appointed an archivist to catalogue 491 boxes of the Harlow Development Corporation, thanks to a grant from Archives Revealed, funded by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation. Hector Mir began working on the boxes…

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Black History Month – Harlow Council and the Anti-Apartheid movement Courtesy of Harlow Museum HARLOW Council was strongly anti-Apartheid. First Avenue in Harlow is also known as Mandela Avenue and was named so in 1983. During this time, signatures were collected for the Free Nelson…

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a much loved Harlow resident who has sadly passed away. Hare Street resident Joyce Chidley died on Sunday aged 91. Many readers will remember Joyce as a dinner lady at Hare Street school where she was very fondly remembered for…

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ON THIS Friday, seventy five years ago, whilst our nation was celebrating Victory in Europe (VE Day), Harlow sailor, Richard Edser was still fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Ocean. Richard was on board HMS Formidable as it was being attacked by kamikaze pilots. In…