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Stokey locals organise Abney Park Cemetery service to mark Remembrance Day - with performance penned by BAFTA winner Jocelyn Pook

PUBLISHED: 09:46 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 09 November 2018

Abney Park contains memorials to the three hundred and seventy-one servicemen from Stoke Newington who sacrificed their lives in World War I and the Second World War.

Abney Park contains memorials to the three hundred and seventy-one servicemen from Stoke Newington who sacrificed their lives in World War I and the Second World War.

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The heart-breaking notes of The Last Post will sound in Abney Park Cemetery on Sunday as part of a unique memorial event to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Stoke Newington locals have come together to mark Remembrance Day at the cemetery, which is home to 264 Commonwealth war graves from the First World War.

They are doing so despite having no previous experience of producing events.

One of the organisers, Tania Rice, said: “With our own installation of standing poppies and musical contributions from folk to opera, and choirs to soloists, Stokey residents have pooled their talent and pulled in special guests.

“The hope is to both honour the dead and show our gratitude for the long peace we have enjoyed here, at home.”

The hour-long ceremony starts at 10.30am at the war memorial by the chapel.

It also includes a performance of Thousands of Leaves by BAFTA-winning composer Jocelyn Pook, who lives in the area.

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