East London pays tribute to local heroes on Remembrance Day

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Boroughs along the East London Lines will be holding a variety of ceremonies and memorial events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

In the borough of Lewisham, two services will be held at the War Memorial in Upper Brockley Road and at the War Memorial on Lewisham High Street on Sunday, starting at 10.55 a.m.

In Tower Hamlets, there will be a two minutes silence at the Town Hall at 11 am today, where members of the HMS Crane Association, retired people from the Royal Navy, will participate ringing the old ship’s bell in the foyer.

The British Legion and other venues around the borough will organize a number of remembrance services at: Bethnal Green Gardens, in Cambridge Heath Road ,  at the Garden of Remembrance in Adrossan Cemetery, Tower Hill, the War Memorial in Cemetery Park, St. George’s Church on Lambeth Road and at Christ Church, the Parish of the Isle of Dogs.

Other ceremonies taking place on Sunday include the Merchant Navy Remembrance at Tower Hill and the Poplar & Millwall Royal British Legion parade at St. Saviour’s Hall, Arcadia Street, on the Isle of Dogs.

Hackney will  mark Remembrance Day with a service at St John, Hackney Church on Lower Clapton Road. The events on the day will include a parade to and from the Town Hall in Hackney, leaving at approximately 10.20am and returning at around 12.45pm.

The Speaker of Hackney, Coun Sally Mulready, will be laying wreaths at the memorial at St John’s Church, in Commercial Street, Hackney and also at the memorial outside Hackney Town Hall. In addition, the Deputy Speaker, Coun. Linda Kelly, will be laying a wreath on behalf of the Council at St Leonard Church, Shoreditch and then at the memorial at Stoke Newington Library, in Stoke Newington Church Street.

Croydon will hold the annual Civic Service of Remembrance at Fairfield, Park Lane.  The ceremony will start at 10,45 a.m., opening with two minutes of silence. It will be followed by a parade to the cenotaph in Katharine Street, where Croydon Mayor Coun. Avril Slipper will lead the wreath-laying ceremony. The Mayor has invited current and former military personnel to a special reception in the Town Hall.

Mayor Slipper said: “Words can’t really convey the gratitude we have for what they’ve done and continue to do, and I know that Croydon will make a special effort to remember them at the memorial events on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”

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