Remembrance Sunday commemorations swept through the borough yesterday as poppy wreaths were laid in glorious sunshine.

A two minute silence will also be held on the steps of Ealing Town Hall to mark Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11 at 11am.

Hundreds turned out to the Remembrance Sunday services and events which took place at war memorials across the borough on Sunday, November 9. This year had a special focus on the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War (1914-18).

 

Yesterday the British Legion marched to Greenford War Memorial on Greenford Broadway from its headquarters in Oldfield Lane South for a public service at 11am. Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer, attended the Greenford service.

A parade which began from Manor Park passed through Southall on the way to Southall War Memorial on The Green for a service at 11am before continuing though the town.

Vice Chairman of the Greenford branch of the Royal British Legion and of the poppy appeal Roy Reynolds said: “The day went beautifully. There were in excess of 700 people in the march. A number which included scouts, guides, army cadets, air cadets, Gurkas, members of the Jalarama Temple, the Royal Naval Association and members from the women’s section of the Royal British Legion.

“We also welcomed MP Steve Pound, council leader Councillor Julian Bell and of course many members of the public.

“The new rector of the Holy Cross Church Graham Millar officiated over proceedings. The mood on the day was excellent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

”We now have the huge task of counting the donations from the poppy appeal which should be completed by the end of the month.”

George Twyman from Southall Chamber of Commerce said: “It was a good day. We had around 350 people turn up. I’d said to Reverend Mark Polsen to please have a word with his boss to make sure that it didn’t rain and he must have done as the weather was glorious. I have always put the flags up but this year will have been the last as I’m 80 now. I’ll someone younger to it for me next year.”

To commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, the council is continuing to make repairs and improvements to the war memorials across the borough. Thousands of poppies were also planted this year across the borough as a symbol of the sacrifice made by so many.