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An unsung hero of the Thames is being restored to its former glory at Southdock Marina, in Southwark.
Built in 1935, The Massey Shawboat fireboat served the London Fire Brigade for many years and also took part in the Second World War Operation Dynamo to rescue soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk.
In a week that saw the nation commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the desecration of a memorial to those who died fighting for their country, has left a charity reeling.
The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, who manage the graveyard nature reserve, discovered one of their 16 bronze plaques listing the war dead had been stolen.
Winston Churchill had returned to the cabinet as First Lord of the Admiralty at the outbreak of the Second World War.
He was considered a rogue element and out of line but his years in the wilderness predicting correctly the dangers of German military expansion combined with his popular touch forced Neville Chamberlain's hand.
They demand you do a lot of things these days, don't they? They're always on your back about something - the nine-bin breakfast; the five-a-day; the 5,500 food miles from Mexico.
They have your number, don't they? Drive you nuts with diktats and tut-tutting.
Giles Broadbent looks back on the day that the war truly came to the East End, leaving the pride of Britain aflame
There was a war on - but you wouldn't know it. A year on from Neville Chamberlain's ominous declaration of hostilities, little had changed for the families of the East End.