PUBLISHED: 13:46 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:13 21 December 2017 Mike Brooke Stairway to Heaven memorial at Bethnal Green Gardens.Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke A veteran of 102 sat in her wheelchair beneath the new memorial in Bethnal Green Gardens being unveiled with her memories of the 173 people who died in Britain’s worst wartime civilian disaster. Veterans meet again... youngest survivor Margaret McKay (left), who was a baby of six months, and Dr Joan Martin, now 102, on duty that night in March, 1943. Picture: Steve Poston Retired doctor Joan Martin was on duty in the A&E department at the Children’s Hospital in Hackney Road the night the injured were brought in from the air-raid shelter and bodies of those crushed to death in the rush to reach safety. She was the oldest of the veterans who included survivors of the infamous stairway crush and families of those who died on that fateful night of March 3, 1943. Crowds trying to reach safety during a … [Read more...] about Stairway to Heaven memorial unveiled at last to Bethnal Green’s 1943 wartime air raid shelter tragedy
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A BATTERED grey Volvo saloon slips unnoticed out of the gates of Kensington Palace.Hidden behind coats on hangers covering the side windows, Diana Princess of Wales lies across the back seat, out of view from prying eyes. The plan has worked.Photographers from the world’s press camped outside the princess’s home had been lured away from the Palace gates by two decoy cars that left moments earlier.Once through the gates, Diana’s trusted driver Colin Tebbutt swings the Volvo through a series of twisting roads to check they are not being followed.Certain that no cameramen are on their tail, he heads over the River Thames.Diana, who has just returned to Britain that lunchtime after a holiday in Greece with her best friend Rosa Monckton, cannot wait to be reunited with her millionaire lover Dodi Fayed, son of Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed.Dodi is whisking the princess away for a week’s holiday to his family’s £10million yacht … [Read more...] about Inside story of how Diana snuck away with Dodi Fayed on holiday just days before fatal crash in Paris
PRINCESS Diana was the most desirable woman on the planet, with a string of charismatic and handsome men falling at her feet.She was rich, beautiful and caring — but falling for the Queen of Hearts came at a price.The elite group of men who had relationships with her have been struck down by scandals, tragedy, embarrassment — and death.They are the men whose names were read out at the inquest into Diana’s own death in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.Now, ahead of the 20th anniversary of that tragedy, The Sun on Sunday looks at how their lives changed forever after their time with her.It all began with the bodyguard — Barry Mannakee, the first of the men from whom the princess sought comfort during her unhappy marriage to cheating Prince Charles.And he was also the first to suffer the consequences of such closeness.The married police officer, a dad of two, was serving with the Royal Protection Squad when he was assigned to look after the … [Read more...] about Princess Diana was the most desirable woman on earth, yet her lovers were stalked by scandal, embarrassment and death
WITH the internet, mobile phones and social media, it is rare for people today to have no contact with anybody.And a new Channel 5 programme aimed to show exactly what would happen when five volunteers are locked in solitary confinement for five days straight.The show, called In Solitary: The Anti-Social experiment saw TV presenter George Lamb and four others placed in their own small, locked room with three non-electronic personal items, enough food to survive, a bed and a toilet.But the task proved too much for one volunteer who opted to leave the experiment after just four hours, while another could only stand 24 hours before having to admit defeat.The show introduced the first three volunteers, who all had different reasons for going into solitary confinement.Lloyd, 28, a scaffolder from Yorkshire, is a social media junkie and wanted time away from his smartphone.Blogger Lucie had seen her marriage breakdown after just four months and it made her want to see if she was strong … [Read more...] about TV experiment sees five volunteers locked in solitary confinement for FIVE DAYS… but one quits after just FOUR HOURS
DIANA will always be the People’s Princess but can Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, ever take on her title of Queen of Hearts?Not according to Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who this week claimed that while Kate, 35, was a “lovely, lovely girl” she lacked Di’s “magic quality”.Both royals have changed the face of The Firm with their humour, style and down-to-earth nature – but who reigns supreme?Here, KARA DOLMAN uses tiaras 👑 to mark Diana and Kate out of five.KATE has upped her fashion game recently, swapping nice-but-dull high street dresses for some Gucci frocks.But the style throne is forever Diana’s. An exhibition of her most lauded looks is on at Kensington Palace and features “The Revenge Dress” – the off-the-shoulder black mini she wore on the day that Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla was revealed.As designer Elizabeth Emanuel said: “There are loads of movie stars and … [Read more...] about Can Kate Middleton ever be Queen of Hearts following Paul Burrell’s comment that the Duchess of Cambridge ‘lacks Princess Di’s magic’?
OVER the years Coronation Street has rarely failed to deliver on the laughs front.Here's a list of our fave funny moments, from Deirdre's tantrum with the trifle to Eileen and Gail's epic scrap on the street. Deirdre throwing the trifleIt turned out to be late actress Anne Kirkbride's final scene on Corrie, and it ended up being one of her most memorable.During a Barlow family meal, tension was high as Peter awaited trial for Tina McIntyre's murder.It all got a bit much for Deirdre - and she was tipped over the edge when she discovered her trifle hadn't set.In a fit of pique she launched it at the wall before delivering one of her all-time classic lines: "Jelly shouldn't run, it should wobble!" Les and Cilla in the JacuzziWhen Les Battersby and his wife Cilla decided to take a romantic bath in their Hawaiian-themed Jacuzzi in November 2004, their soapy soiree went a bit pear-shaped when faithful pooch Schmichael got involved.Smelling … [Read more...] about 11 funniest Coronation Street scenes from Deirdre chucking a trifle across the room to Steve and Leanne’s bizarre engagement
“FAST EDDIE” MAHER helped steal £1.2million from his own Securicor van in 1993 – one of Britain’s most audacious heists. Here, in Day Two of our serialisation of his sensational new book, Eddie, who now lives with wife Debbie in the South East of England, tells how after fleeing the scene in Felixstowe, Suffolk, to the US he evaded capture for 19 years before a family betrayal.I HAD rehearsed the words I’d say that would bring Debbie’s life crashing down.Two weeks after the £1.2million heist, she was unaware I was now Britain’s most wanted man — and now going by the name Stephen King, with £125,000 in my bag.But when we were reunited in Dallas, my first words were: “You can never speak to your family again.”The anger started bubbling under like lava in a volcano. “What the hell have you done?” she said.I explained that I had been forced to steal a security van filled with money, that she and our … [Read more...] about ‘Fast Eddie’ Maher reveals what life was like as UK’s most wanted man and how he evaded capture for 19 years before a family betrayal
Child murderer Ben Butler’s ex-girlfriend called him “pure evil” and described how he used to violently attack her in public.Hannah Hillman, 32, told authorities that the killer would lose control, foaming at the mouth, and beat her senseless before crying pathetically afterwards.Butler was jailed for 23-years for the murder of his six-year-old daughter Ellie in 2013.In 2005, the savage killer was convicted of throttling former-flame Hillman outside a nightclub.She also told police that he once assaulted her with a metal pole and punched her repeatedly in a pub.Hillman described Butler’s terrifying split-personality.She said: “His eyes would turn smaller and black. His whole persona changed and then he would hit me every answer I gave.“I think if he could of I think he actually would have killed me. He used to lose control so quickly I don't think he could help where he hit me.'Butler has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of … [Read more...] about Ex-girlfriend of child-killer Ben Butler says he used to foam at the mouth while beating her senseless
POOR old Emma Willis was desperately trying to tease some life into the parade of nonentities, last week.“I can sense a new housemate,” she fluttered, “And it begins with a D.”The Dalai Lama? Donald Trump?“They’re about to cross over from the other side . . . ”Doris Day?“Hi. I’m Derek Acorah.”Oh.“Sam, my spirit guide, is with me.”Though you’ll hear no complaints from me about him.Even if Sam is a figment of Derek’s imagination, he’s positively A-list compared to most of the people who entered that house on Tuesday.A familiar story then, on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother, which took up where the civilian version had left off a few nights previously.News to most of you, I’d imagine, as the greatest public service Love Island performed was wiping the last series of Big Brother from history.ITV2’s equally important duty now, of course, is to extend next … [Read more...] about As Celebrity Big Brother returns to screens, the Sun TV critic asks what possesses people to watch these nobodies?
A DAD on trial accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter became "aggressive" when police tried to talk to him because he had previously been the victim of a "miscarriage of justice", a court has heard.Ben Butler, 36, allegedly became "hostile" towards cops and even told one to "f*** off" after little Ellie Butler was pronounced dead in hospital having suffered catastrophic injuries to her head.The house husband "stared accusingly" at an officer after he went about collecting the little girl's pink pyjamas for evidence and examined her body for other injuries, the court heard.And when police at St George's Hospital in Tooting tried to talk to him and his partner Jennie Gray about what happened on the afternoon of October 28, 2013, they were reluctant to talk.PC Steve Stewart told members of the jury today: "I discovered them both to be hostile and unwilling to speak to police until the previous matter was known where they believed there had been a miscarriage of justice."The court … [Read more...] about Dad accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter in a fit of rage told police he was nervous because he had previously been jailed for attacking her in a ‘miscarriage of justice’