Editor’s comment: Important to remember our veterans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 November 2017

2016 service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial Gardens, Newbury Park. Picture: Ken Mears

2016 service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial Gardens, Newbury Park. Picture: Ken Mears


This weekend is the chance for all of us to pay tribute to the servicemen and women who serve our country, keep us safe and sometimes have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Havering always plays its part with pride and the borough has a large number of Remembrance services on Sunday.

The Recorder, too, believes remembering our armed forces veterans, whether from the two world wars or from more recent conflicts, is important.

Remembrance is not about whether or not you agree with the wars, it’s about appreciating the work that our service personnel do.

And particularly remembering those who have died serving this country.

In this week’s paper you will find a 16-page supplement focusing on veterans’ stories, listing the commemorative services planned around east London and meeting some of the poppy sellers who are such an iconic part of Britain at this time of year.

I urge all our readers to attend one of the services and parades around Havering on Sunday.

Our reporters will be at as many as we can manage and we will be bringing you the stories and pictures from the events in next week’s paper and on our website.

Last week we revealed the horrendous problem of repeated sewage flooding outside sheltered housing in Harold Wood.

This week we are pleased to report that Thames Water is investigating, but it is clear not all the blame lies with the water company.

People putting non-flushable items down the toilet means the sewers get blocked and the inevitable result is flooding.

So please, everyone think about what they are flushing away because the elderly people at Beehive Court are forced to live with the disgusting consequences.

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