Croydon to remember its war heroes and heroines

 

Croydon’s annual Civic Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 8 November to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by military and service personnel in conflicts past and present.

The service, which will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Colin Boswell, Vicar of Croydon, will take place at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, starting at 11am.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and must be seated by 10.45am.

Following the service there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph in Katharine Street at 12.30pm, led by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Patricia Hay-Justice.

Representatives of military and public services, and borough-based cadet and youth groups will be in attendance.

Katharine Street will be closed to traffic from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Councillor Hay-Justice said: “This is a very important and emotional time of year, at which we pause to reflect on the brave endeavours and sacrifices of our service men and women, in conflicts past and present.

“I’m sure the people of Croydon – a borough that has close ties to the military – will pay due respect on Remembrance Sunday, and I invite all to attend the service and the wreath-laying ceremony.”

A small ceremony of remembrance will take place, also at the cenotaph in Katharine Street, on Armistice Day, Wednesday 11 November.

Led by representatives of the Royal British Legion, a traditional two-minute silence will be observed at 11am. Children from several local schools will attend to lay poppy crosses at the memorial.

All are welcome to attend.

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