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Remembrance Sunday: hundreds gather for services in Southwark

Hundreds of people gathered in public services across Southwark on Remembrance Sunday (November 14) to commemorate the lives of local people who died in wars.

People gathered in Bermondsey, including at West Lane War Memorial, the Old Jamaica Road war memorial and the Albert McKenzie war memorial on Tower Bridge Road.

Members of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

Other services included the official Southwark service at the Southwark memorial on Walworth Square, a service at St Saviour’s memorial on Borough High Street, and one at the Imperial War Museum.

Current and former members of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and its various predecessors before reorganisations took part in the ceremony on Old Jamaica Road on Sunday, which was also the 100th anniversary of the war memorial.

Reminiscing about his time in the forces, one veteran told the News about how, decades ago, he and his fellow servicemen were once told they were going to be put on duty at Buckingham Palace – only to be given the slightly more strenuous posting of Northern Ireland.

The West Lane service

Local MP Neil Coyle and his predecessor Sir Simon Hughes were among those who laid wreaths at the Old Jamaica Road war memorial.

North Bermondsey police at the West Lane service

Later in the morning, a large congregation gathered for the service at the West Lane War Memorial, with local councillors, community groups, tenants and residents associations and youth organisations like the Scouts all paying tribute to the fallen with wreaths.

Representatives of the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe branch of the Royal British Legion and the local branch of the Poppy Appeal were also among those who laid wreaths.

 

 

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