Gallery: First World War anniversary marked at events in Redbridge
13:12 04 August 2014
One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War, Redbridge held a number of commemorative events over the weekend to remember our soldiers.
Redbridge marks First World War centenary with service and parade
Mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin addresses the guests at the service
Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal gives a speech
Invited guests say a prayer at the service
Father Richard Wyber handing up the standard over the drumhead
Standard bearers at the service outside Redbridge Town Hall
VIPs and veterans at the service
Exhortation by John Coombes, chairman of the Barkingside Royal British Legion
Rabbi Chapper saying a prayer for those serving in the armed forces
Two minutes silence during the service
On Sunday, a parade and service of remembrance took place at the steps of Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford.
Organised by Redbridge Council and attended by dozens of residents, the event included speakers such as the mayor, Cllr Ashley Kissin, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, Rabbi Alex Chapper and Father Richard Wyber.
The Last Post was also played.
The Ilford War Memorial Gardens Action Group held their own commemoration on Saturday.
Their open day, at the gardens, featured an exhibition, music performances, a talk by information and heritage librarian Ian Dowling and displays by themselves, the Western Front Association, the Royal British Legion and cadets.
The memorial group’s chairman, Ruth Clark, said the day was a success.
“We had glorious weather and it was very good. The low turnout was disappointing in the view that it was a commemoration of the First World War, but other than that it was lovely.
“I would like to thank the volunteers who had stalls and the singers.”
She added: “It is very dear to my heart the memorial gardens. I think Redbridge has done wonders in commemorating the centenary.”