Lest we forget

The sun was shining on Sunday 8th November, as this year’s Remembrance Services were replaced with socially distanced small gatherings. Upminster Royal British Legion held a small service at the Memorial in Corbets Tey Road at 11.00am, requesting societies and organisations wanting to lay a wreath, did so after 12.00. This was necessary due to the current COVID-19 regulations.

Their 2020 theme was ‘Coming Home’, which took on a new meaning due to the pandemic. The focus was on both the millions of British and Commonwealth men and women whose service and sacrifice secured peace and freedom 75 years ago, and also about the service and sacrifice of so many today in protecting our nation from Covid-19, and the similarities in feelings, emotions and experiences of then and now.

Havering Council shared a ‘virtual’ remembrance service, with the Mayor of Havering and former Mayors, laying wreaths across the borough. The Mayor’s representative for Upminster was former Mayor, Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association Councillor, Linda Van den Hende. The Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association were represented by Councillor Gillian Ford, who laid a wreath on their behalf at the foot of the Upminster memorial on Sunday afternoon.

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