Events were once again held across Havering this year as part of the Remembrance commemorations.

A parade was held in Hornchurch on Sunday (November 12), culminating in a service at St Andrew's Church.

Wreaths were laid by the likes of Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez and Havering's deputy mayor Patricia Brown.

Ms Lopez said on X, formerly Twitter, that she was glad to join the "poignant" service.

Romford Recorder: Julia Lopez MP for Hornchurch & UpminsterJulia Lopez MP for Hornchurch & Upminster (Image: Sandra Rowse)

She added: “A special day as huge numbers turned out at services of Remembrance across Havering to honour service & sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our nation."

Havering Supt Simon Hutchison said "it was his honour" to lay a wreath at the Hornchurch ceremony and that we should "never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our country."

Romford Recorder: Deputy Mayor Councillor Patricia BrownDeputy Mayor Councillor Patricia Brown (Image: Sandra Rowse)

The day was more personal to him, he added, as it was the first Remembrance Sunday since HMS Triumph, a submarine which his great grandfather served on in the Second World War, was found in the Aegean Sea. 

He said: "It had been missing since it was sunk in 1942. He was 38 when he died." 

Romford Recorder: Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps in HornchurchRomford Drum & Trumpet Corps in Hornchurch (Image: Sandra Rowse)

Hundreds attended commemorations in Romford on Sunday, Havering Council said.

Wreaths were laid by council leader Ray Morgan and Havering mayor Stephanie Nunn at the civic parade and service.

Romford Recorder: Havering dignitaries and local police officers attend Romford's commemorationsHavering dignitaries and local police officers attend Romford's commemorations (Image: Havering Council)

The parade started from outside the Liberty shopping centre and it was followed by a service in Coronation Gardens.

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Harold Wood councillors Brian Eagling, Martin Goode and Darren Wise were among those who attended the service at the war memorial outside Harold Wood Library.

Romford Recorder: Remembrance Day event held in Harold WoodRemembrance Day event held in Harold Wood (Image: Cllr Darren Wise)They said: “It was great to see so many people at the Remembrance service and we would like to thank all those residents who turned up.

“This event continues to go from strength to strength each year. We would also like to thank Vicar Rob Hudson from St Peter’s Church and representatives of our armed forces, police, beavers and our local schools for attending."

Romford Recorder: Superintendent Hutchison and MP Julia Lopez make their way with local officers to take part in the Remembrance Parade in Hornchurch Superintendent Hutchison and MP Julia Lopez make their way with local officers to take part in the Remembrance Parade in Hornchurch (Image: Met Police)

Officers from the Met's East Area Command Unit also took part in events in Upminster, Harold Wood and Harold Hill.

Dave Ainsworth, an ex-regular RAF serviceman from Harold Hill, told the Recorder that the commemorations on Sunday began with a parade, led by a bagpiper from St George's Church. 

The service at Harold Hill War Memorial was attended by around 250 people.

He added: "After a bugler played "Last Post",  former Councillor Pat Murray blew a whistle which had been blown at the Battle of the Somme by his great uncle. 

Romford Recorder: Message reads 'Laid on behalf of His Majesty King Charles III'Message reads 'Laid on behalf of His Majesty King Charles III' (Image: Sandra Rowse)

"A two minutes' silence was impeccably observed before broken by a second sounding of Mr. Murray's whistle."

Commemorations were also held in Upminster, Rainham and Elm Park.