Thousands of local residents and visitors came together to pay their respects to servicemen and women at a series of events across Havering marking Remembrance Sunday.
At 10.45am around 2,500 people lined Main Road, Romford to see a march organised by the Romford branch of the Royal British Legion and led by the Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford. They later congregated in Coronation Gardens for a service attended by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Council’s elected Members and staff. Representatives from three different faiths each shared a prayer during the service.
Other towns across the borough followed suit, with services and parades taking place in Upminster, Hornchurch, Elm Park, Harold Hill, Harold Wood, and Rainham.
On Monday 11 November, a service also took place to mark Armistice Day in Market Place, Romford, highlighting 101 years since the end of the First World War.
Councillor Michael Deon Burton, Mayor of Havering, said:
“No one plays a greater role in keeping us safe than our Armed Forces and these services gave us a chance to remember these servicemen and women past and present.
“We should all be proud to stand as a community and mark this significant occasion each November which highlights the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made.
“The excellent turnout from local residents is a powerful reminder that the local community are passionate about commemorating those who died fighting for the freedom of our country.”