Search

Remembrance Day 2017: Harold Hill pays tribute to servicemen and women

PUBLISHED: 15:34 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:34 12 November 2017

Two minutes silence at the Harold Hill war memorial on Sunday, November 12. Picture: Lindsay Jones

Two minutes silence at the Harold Hill war memorial on Sunday, November 12. Picture: Lindsay Jones

Archant

“It’s important to be here today because this day only happens once a year and we must remember all the people who died for us” - the words of nine-year-old cub scout Maya Patel at Harold Hill’s Remembrance Day service.

She was one of many members of the 3rd Harold Hill Scouts taking part in the parade and service at the war memorial in Hilldene Avenue this morning, Sunday, November 12.

The event began with a parade from St George’s Church up Farnham Road to the war memorial in Hilldene Avenue.

The service was led by St George’s parish priest the Rev Shaun Moore who said: “The Great War was supposed to be the war to end all wards. That has not happened. We need to commit ourselves to work towards a future where young men, women and children are not sacrificed.”

Cllr Denis O’Flynn reminded the assembled crowds that not only those who fought in war should be remembered but also the firefighters and police who dealt with the aftermath of bombing campaigns during the Second World War, and the 35,000 who died on Merchant Navy ships getting supplies through.

He said: “Their sacrifice will always be remembered.”

He then recited the verse of the poem The Fallen:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Wrapped up against the chill wind, the crowds then fell silent for two minutes remembering all those who have fought in all conflicts, those who died and those who were injured.

Wreaths were laid by former mayor of Havering Cllr Brian Eagling on behalf of the current mayor Cllr Linda van den Hende; Ian Libby on behalf of Harold Wood branch of the Royal British Legion, the Scouts, St John Ambulance cadets and others.

They then paraded back to St George’s Church, led by a bagpipe player thanks to a contribution from Harold Wood Funeral Services.

Cllr Eagling said: “It’s wonderful to see so many children who came out to show their support for something like this.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

15:00

Just 130 years ago, Hornchurch was a quaint town with gabled houses, says Prof Ged Martin

Moped gangs and knife crime often go hand-in-hand – and are among the gravest fears of residents in Havering.

Yesterday, 15:00

Did you know that when you can’t see the Moon in the sky, he’s actually down here on earth, suited and booted and fighting crime?

Yesterday, 12:00

Shortage of daylight makes us grumpier

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 08:00

Havering has thrown its hat into the ring for the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture initiative and residents can play a part.

Fri, 18:30

As families gather around their sofas to watch this year’s Children in Need, a hospice wishes to say thank you to the charity for all of its support over the years.

Fri, 17:36

A 20-year-old Romford man had been frightened for his life and acting in self-defence when he stabbed Hosam Eisa to death at The Brewery, a court heard.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now