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Hundreds flock to Newbury Park for Remembrance Sunday service

PUBLISHED: 11:33 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 14 November 2017

The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.

The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.

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On a cold, crisp Sunday morning, armed forces, dignitaries, residents and religious leaders came together to remember those who gave their lives for the country.

The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial. The Rev Chris Morgan addressing the audienceThe Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial. The Rev Chris Morgan addressing the audience

Hundreds of people gathered together at the Ilford War Memorial, in Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park, to watch the Remembrance Sunday service.

Prayers were said, hymns were recited and war veterans remembered their fallen comrades at a moving service in Ilford this weekend.

The memorial was unveiled in 1922 to commemorate the 1,159 Ilford men who were killed during the First World War.

On Sunday, old and young were united to remember all those who have died in conflict.

The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.

The service was led by Rev Chris Morgan, from the Royal British Legion, Rev Chris Morgan, the mayor’s chaplain and Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman, the chaplain for the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women.

Cllr Linda Huggett, the mayor, attended the service alongside the deputy mayor, Cllr Ashley Kissin.

John Coombes, chairman of the Barkingside Royal British Legion, delivered the exhortation and Kohima was led by Thomas Chan, Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Redbridge.

Wreaths were laid by figures including Cllr Huggett, MPs Wes Streeting and Mike Gapes and representatives of the Armed Forces and youth organisations.

The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.The Civic Service of Remembrance at the Ilford War Memorial.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said he found the service very “reflective.”

He added: “These people gave everything and I’m really pleased that the community are here to remember them.”

Ilford North MP Wes said he was pleased to see an increased number of young people attend the ceremony.

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