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Albert McKenzie statue to be unveiled this week

The statue of Bermondsey war hero Albert McKenzie will be officially unveiled tomorrow at a special ceremony in Tower Bridge Road.

The 18-year-old achieved legendary status when he fought valiantly during a WW1 mission in Zeebrugge Harbour in Belgium.

Sir Simon Hughes, former MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and member of the Albert McKenzie Memorial Committee, said that he hoped that a big crowd would come along to honour “one of the bravest Brits of all time.”

“Friday the 23rd of October, 2015, will be a big day for Bermondsey,” he said. “Albert McKenzie was one of the bravest Brits of all time and we look forward to seeing a large crowd come out to honour him.

“The event will be honoured by top brass and the Queen’s representative and we hope many members of the local community will come out in support.”

The event will take place at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Grange Road on Friday October 23. A military band will play war-era tunes at 11.30am before the statue is officially unveiled for the first time at midday.

Speeches will be made following the unveiling by Albert McKenzie Memorial Fund chair Paul Keefe, Albert McKenzie’s great-nephew Colin McKenzie, former MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark Sir Simon Hughes, Lord West and the Governor of West Flanders.

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