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Thousands expected as Christmas memorial service returns to Bermondsey

Thousands of people are expected to return and attend the Christmas memorial service at Bermondsey funeral director’s Albin’s – after it was only held online last year due to lockdown.

Albin’s was at the forefront of live streaming services as the COVID pandemic hit and while they are delighted to get the crowds back to their memorial garden on the edge of Southwark Park, they will continue to have a live streaming option available for those that cannot attend.

All of the usual much-loved parts of the service including carols, video displays of a military tribute, the release of doves and prayers from members of the local clergy will return on Wednesday, December 1.  The gates will open at 6pm for a 7pm start..

Albin’s Christmas Memorial Service

People are now invited to write personal messages that will then be hung on a massive Christmas Tree in the garden. This will be included in the service. You can visit the memorial garden at 52 Culling Road, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 2TN from now until the service to write your message. And if you cannot get to the garden email your message to There is a maximum of twenty words.

This is the 22st annual memorial service, which was established by the late Barry Albin-Dyer after getting the garden built in 1999 and has twice played host the Princess Royal.

You can stream the service from 7pm on Wednesday December 2, by logging in to and following the link. You can watch the service from any time after this.


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