The second anniversary of the Sandilands tram derailment will be marked at a civic ceremony in New Addington next week.
On 9 November 2016, more than 60 people were injured and seven people – Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, Philip Logan, Dorota Rynkiewicz, Philip Seary and Mark Smith – lost their lives after an early-morning tram derailed near Sandilands station.
In remembrance of the incident two years ago, Croydon Council has organised a short event at Central Parade in New Addington at 11am on Friday 9 November.
The event will be introduced by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Bernadette Khan, and will include those directly affected by the derailment, as well as representatives of agencies, charities and volunteers who helped in the aftermath.
Members of the public wishing to attend are invited to arrive in the market square at 10.30am for an 11am start. The commemoration, based around the inscribed memorial plinth installed last year, is expected to last up to half an hour. It will include a one-minute silence, floral tributes being laid at the memorial and a performance by the Fairchildes Primary School choir of Somewhere Only We Know by Keane.
Market day will be held as usual in the market square, but an area will be set aside for those attending the commemoration. There will be no road closures near the event.
St Edward King and Confessor Church in Cleves Crescent, New Addington, will also hold a short memorial service on the same day at 5pm. Its doors will open at 4pm and people will be available to talk to. Tea and coffee will also be available.
There will be a minute’s silence at 11am for council staff at its Bernard Weatherill House offices, and a flag outside Croydon town hall will be lowered to half-mast.
“The Sandilands tram incident was one of the worst events in Croydon’s recent history, and this commemoration is an opportunity for survivors, family members and anyone else affected by this tragedy to gather together and pay their respects.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council