PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 August 2017
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1957: Ilford’s taxi drivers were the heroes of the day when 38 of them took 150 children from Barnardo’s in Barkingside on an outing to Clacton.
Rain poured down as the mile-long convoy of taxis, with its cargo of laughing, whooping boys and girls, snaked its way from the homes and headed for the coast.
Staring through rain-blurred windscreens, the drivers prayed for a miracle, and one duly arrived.
As the convoy entered the outskirts of Clacton, the skies magically cleared and the children were able to play on the beaches with buckets and spades before paddling through the water in the sunshine.
1977: Police were being given a headache by a new escape method for Redbridge’s young criminals – skateboards.
“These youngsters are capable of high speeds,” a police officer told the Recorder.
A launderette manager was stunned when two teenagers skated off cleanly after an attempted robbery, and police were afraid the raid at the George Lane Launderette in Wanstead would be the start of a new trend.
A detective said: “It’s…