Hackney community remembers fallen heroes

The Hackney community came together on Sunday to remember the country’s fallen heroes.

Veterans, cadets and servicemen and women marched from Reading Lane, Hackney Central, to a service at nearby St John at Hackney Church in Lower Clapton Road before going to the Town Hall, in Mare Street, Hackney Central.

Former RAF wireless operator Norman Bright, 76, a standard bearer for the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen, who served in Hong Kong in the 1950s, said: “If Britain hadn’t raised the standard to fight against German imperialism in World War One and the Nazis in World War Two, who would have bothered?”

Cllr Jessica Webb, Speaker of Hackney, added: “It is a time to reflect on the many people around the world –past and present – who have been affected by war and to recognise the bravery and sacrifice of those who serve in conflicts.”