Thurrock’s fallen heroes

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Last Sunday saw thousands of people come out all across Thurrock to pay their respects on Remembrance parades and ceremonies.

Huge crowds gathered for events across the borough to mark Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including packed services in Grays, Tilbury and Stanford-le-Hope.

The beacons of light were also lit at Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury, and in Purfleet, whilst special events and exhibitions took place at Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum in Grays.

In advance of the events on Sunday, Thurrock County Council displayed 834 poppies, one for each brave serviceman who lost their life in the war across Thurrock and all of the war memorials underwent specialist cleaning and maintenance.

Special commemorative planters were also installed at the war memorials and Silent Soldier silhouettes were displayed.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “The Remembrance events in Thurrock were a fitting tribute to all the brave servicemen who gave their lives in service to their country.

“I was very pleased to see so many people turn out for the various parades and ceremonies, joining the nation in recognising those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

“I’d like to personally thank all those community groups who came together and produced magnificent remembrance displays and to all those residents who paid their respects over the weekend at one of the Remembrance events or with their own tributes.

“We will also now be looking to create a permanent display to show how Thurrock marked this important centenary.”

Heroes

Cllr Aaron Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Highways, said: “834 heroic servicemen from Thurrock gave their lives in service to their country and it was very touching to see our communities come together in huge numbers to pay their respects and to be thankful for the freedom that we enjoy today.

“Throughout the weekend we had a number of compliments about the work that had been done to ensure the memorials and cemeteries were looking their best.

“I would like to thank the Royal British Legion, all of the various community groups involved and our fantastic staff for enabling Thurrock to mark this important centenary in such a poignant way.”

The services across Thurrock were very moving and many had tears were shed during the special minute silence.

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