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Remembrance Sunday: Covid-secure services held in Harold Wood and Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:40 10 November 2020 | UPDATED: 15:05 11 November 2020

L-R: Harold Wood Councillors Cllrs Darren Wise, Brian Eagling and Martin Goode. Picture: Harold Wood, Hill, Park Residents Association

L-R: Harold Wood Councillors Cllrs Darren Wise, Brian Eagling and Martin Goode. Picture: Harold Wood, Hill, Park Residents Association

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The residents of Harold Wood and Harold Hill marked this year’s Remembrance Sunday with services at the war memorials on Station Road and Hilldene Avenue respectively.

At this year's Remembrance Sunday ceremony, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Havering Mayor, the borough's ward councillors, the Harold Wood, Hill Park Residents� Association and the Harold Wood W.I. Branch. Picture: Harold Wood, Hill, Park Residents AssociationAt this year's Remembrance Sunday ceremony, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Havering Mayor, the borough's ward councillors, the Harold Wood, Hill Park Residents� Association and the Harold Wood W.I. Branch. Picture: Harold Wood, Hill, Park Residents Association

Andrew Bells, assistant vicar at St Peter’s Church on Gubbins Lane, presided over the Harold Wood service which was observed by a number of residents.

The first wreath — laid on behalf of Havering Council — was placed by former mayor Brian Eagling, a councillor for Harold Wood.

Fellow councillors Darren Wise and Martin Goode laid wreaths on behalf of ward councillors and Harold Wood residents.

Cllr Eagling’s wife Bunny did similarly for the Harold Wood, Hill, Park Residents’ Association, and Joanne Leonard-Saby for the local branch of the Women’s Institute (WI).

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A satisfied Cllr Eagling said: “I was so impressed that the residents of Harold Wood who stopped to observe followed the Covid-19 guidelines correctly.”

The Harold Hill service also took place on Sunday, with the socially-distanced ceremony in Hilldene Avenue attended by a small number including four local councillors.

Cllrs Carole Beth and Jan Sargent represented the Gooshays ward, with Cllrs Keith Darvill and Denis O’Flynn attending on behalf of Heaton.

Local police also came out in support.

The service was conducted by Cllr Darvill, who oversaw an impeccably observed two minutes’ silence after which wreathes were laid on the memorial stone.

Cllr O’Flynn, also Havering’s champion for the armed forces, concluded proceedings with a short speech to round off a poignant day.


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