Romford students crowned winners of creative Tommy silhouette competition

PUBLISHED: 10:14 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 27 November 2018

Daniel Azeez, Toby Clarke and Samuel Chima, from Immanuel School in Romford with the mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel. Photo: Havering Council

Daniel Azeez, Toby Clarke and Samuel Chima, from Immanuel School in Romford with the mayor of Havering, Cllr Dilip Patel. Photo: Havering Council


Young people across the borough demonstrated their creativity in a touching tribute to the servicemen and women of the First World War by taking part in a special competition.

As part of the There But Not There campaign, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, communities across the country have been hosting silhouettes of servicemen.

Havering’s bereavement services asked schools and youth organisations to produce their own versions of the Tommy silhouettes.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cllr Dilip Patel, the mayor of Havering, Cllr Denis O’Flynn, member champion for armed forces and Roger Walsh, a Royal Artillery veteran, judged the designs.

The chosen winners were Daniel Azeez, Toby Clarke and Samuel Chima, from Immanuel School in Romford.

“The standard of the designs was fantastic. We were all very impressed with the work and effort that had been put in,” said Cllr Persaud.

“We were pleased to contribute to the national commemorations of the end of WW1 by inviting our young people to make their own personal mark and we hope now, that residents and businesses will help us raise money for the charities involved by bidding for the silhouettes.”

The winning trio received a one-month fitness pass to use at Sapphire Ice and Leisure, Romford. All runners-up were presented with a one-day pass to use at the facility.

Residents and businesses can now bid for their favourite silhouette by visiting

Money raised will go to the charities supported by the national campaign and will help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war: The Royal Foundation, Walking with the Wounded, Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Project Equinox and The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

The auction will run until Friday, November 30.

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