Picture Gallery: Hackney pays respect to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday
- Credit: Tolga Akmen
Several hundred people turned out yesterday to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during conflicts past and present.
As the sun shone brightly down during the cold morning, veterans assembled in Reading Lane beside Hackney Town Hall at around 10am, joined by current members of the armed forces, cadets and local scout groups.
Members of The Royal British Legion, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, the Salvation Army, police and fire brigade cadets, scouts, Norman Veterans association and other ex-veteran associations lined up in their contingents, before the parade started at 10.10am.
A brass band lead the parade up Mare Street and the Narrow Way to the Cenotaph at St-John-at-Hackney church in Lower Clapton Road.
Police closed off Mare Street to help facilitate the march.
Wreaths were laid my members of the different organisations before the Last Post was played and a two-minute silence observed at 11am.
Afterwards people filed into the church for a service which was lead by the rector father Rob Wickham.
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Speaking after the service, Father Wickham said: “As ever it was a deeply moving experience. There must have been around 600 people at the service of all ages.
“It was moving to see current and ex-servicemen turn up including a couple of Normandy veterans.
“It was also really moving to see so many young people from the scouts, police cadets, St John Ambulance Service there. They very much embraced the meaning of remembrance Sunday.
“We read out a number of quotes from those in the trenches describing the conditions of what it was like.
“It was right and proper to remember those who died during World War I, World War II and later conflicts, and the consequences of war.”
The parade reformed to return to the Town Hall after the service, where more wreaths were laid at the memorial there.
During another service in Stoke Newington yesterday afternoon, veterans and cadets marched from Stoke Newington Town Hall in Stoke Newington Church Street at 12.15pm to the air squadron World War II memorial in Lavell Street where there was a short service at 1.30pm.