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Remembrance Sunday: Crowd pays respects to the fallen at Hornchurch parade

PUBLISHED: 13:57 08 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 10 November 2015

Remembrance Sunday in Hornchurch.

Remembrance Sunday in Hornchurch.

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Hundreds of residents attended Hornchurch’s Remembrance Day Sunday parade through the town centre this morning to honour those who gave their lives for this country.

The day got off to an inauspicious start when Royal British Legion members discovered the car park they planned to use as a parade ground was locked.

With help from the police, the car park gates were opened and parade preparations began in earnest.

Hornchurch Royal British Legion President David King said: “We have received 100 per cent excellent support from the Romford and Hornchurch Police services. They’ve been terrific.”

Among the crowd was Marianne Powell, who has regularly attended the Hornchurch service with her 92-year-old father Leonard Wadham, a former rear-gunner in the Royal Air Force.

Sadly Mrs Powell’s father died on Thursday, so she viewed this year’s service as a way to honour her father’s memory.

Mrs Powell said: “I come along every year to pay my respects to the older generation. Last year was the last time I brought my father.

“It hasn’t been very pleasant this past week, but he passed away on bonfire night, which was apt for him – he was always the life and soul.”

At 10.15am, the parade, formed of veterans and various other services such as St. John’s Ambulance, the Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets and the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corp, began.

The troop took 15 minutes to march along High Street up to the memorial outside St Andrew’s Church, where the Remembrance service began.

Reverend Barry Hobson told the assembled crowd: “On this Remembrance Sunday, we acknowledge the courage and the sacrifice of those that have served their country, and the world at large, and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought so hard to achieve.”

Then Mr King took a moment to praise Havering Council’s restoration of the cenotaph, saying the newly painted monument had been “uplifted”.

Speaking of the 533 names listed on the memorial, Mr King said: “They have not enjoyed the lives that you and I have led – courtship, marriage, family, and playing with your great grandchildren’s toys.

“They were so young. They never enjoyed all the things that we have enjoyed and that is what they gave up their lives for – the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today.”

Then came a reading of the Ode of Remembrance, and a two minute silence was respectfully observed by those present as the service came to an end.

Did you attend a Remembrance service in Havering? Send your pictures to laura.burnip@archant.co.uk to have them featured in the Recorder’s coverage.


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