Armistice 100: Newham remembers the sacrifices of servicemen and women in services across the borough
PUBLISHED: 17:45 12 November 2018
Services were held across Newham over the weekend to remember those who died while serving their country.
This year’s Remembrance Day services also marked Armistice, the WW1 treaty which saw Germany surrender and fighting on the Western Front cease.
Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, attended a service at the Olympic Park, where the Shrouds of the Somme memorial was unveiled last week.
The installation includes 72,396 12-inch human figures wrapped in cotton shrouds, laid in rows, to depict those who died in the Battle of the Somme.
It took artist Rob Heard from Somerset five years to complete, working up to 12 hours a day.
The service was delivered by Revd Canon Dr Flora Winfield, and attended by the Newham Council’s chief executive, Katherine Kerswell, along with the mayor.
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said: “The moving ceremony gave me a chance to honour the fallen and express my gratitude to those serving in the forces today.
“On the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the Shrouds of the Somme remembered those who died in the battle and throughout the First World War in this centenary year.
“We must not forget those who have made sacrifices for our community and I was proud to see so many Newham residents paying their respects.”
Two poems were read; one by Lili Fairclough from Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy, who read a composition she wrote for the Never Such Innocence First World War poetry competition, and one by actor Jim Carter, who read For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon.
Elsewhere in the borough, councillors laid wreaths and attended services at East Ham Cenotaph, which included a parade, All Saints West Ham Parish Church, East London Cemetery, St Luke’s Memorial in Canning Town and St Mark’s Memorial in Silvertown.
Deputy mayor Charlene McLean and councillor Terence Paul laid wreaths at the war memorial in East Ham Park, while councillor Julianne Marriott laid a wreath at East Ham Cenotaph on Friday. She was joined by children from St Joachim’s, St Antony’s Primary, St Michael’s Primary, St Winefride’s Primary, St Bonaventure’s and St Angela’s Ursuline schools.
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