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Remembrance Day: Community leaders, armed forces and residents join together at Romford war memorial

PUBLISHED: 13:13 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:13 12 November 2015

Romford Remembrance Day service

Romford Remembrance Day service

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Hundreds of people of all ages gathered in Romford today to pay tribute to brave soldiers who have fought, or continue to fight, in conflicts worldwide.

At 10.30am, a parade made up of veterans, cadets and serving members of the armed forces, marched from Western Road to the Coronation Gardens, concluding at the town’s war memorial.

They were joined by uniformed groups, councillors and other community leaders to stand in silence before the memorial and lay wreaths.

The two minute silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month and the end of the First World War.

Reverend Mike Power led the crowd in an ode of Remembrance, taken from poet Laurence Binyon’s famous poem “For the Fallen”:

Romford Remembrance Sunday parade and serviceRomford Remembrance Sunday parade and service

“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.”

Duncan Guyatt, 77, from the Romford Salvation Army, said it was important people didn’t forget the efforts of everyone who was involved in the war.

He said: “Through the Salvation Army, I’ve travelled the world and served the troops on many front lines - we used to make sure they had enough food and clothes to keep fighting.”

“Today is a time to pay respects to all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Griff Griffin, the chairman of the Romford Royal British Legion, said he was honoured to lay a wreath during the service.

He said: “We must never forget those who sacrificed themselves so we could have a future.

“There is no greater sacrifice and it is right that we pay tribute to their memories.”

More than 150 members of the scouting and girlguiding associations took part in the parade, with associate club scout leader Greg Pidgeon, of the 21st Romford brigade saying it was the quietest he had ever seen the children.

He said: ““My cousin Ralph fought in WW1 so this day holds a lot of personal significance.

“All children learn about the war at school and they know how important it is.

“They all wanted to be here today to pay their respects and they will continue to do, when the older generation are unable to do so.”

The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Brian Eagling, said the service was an amazing example of respect towards the armed forces.

He said: “It was a wonderful service as residents from across the borough came out in force today.

“It really showed how important people think the armed services are and I’m so pleased to see that reaction.

“We must never forget the sacrifices made and it is a testament to Havering that so many people obviously think the same way.”

MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell, said: “It was wonderful to see how many young people came out today.

“It was a very dignified commemoration to pay tribute to all those who died.

“Many of them lost their lives when they were very young so we could live in the free democratic society that we do today.

“It was a very poignant service.”

See the Recorder on Friday for more coverage.


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