Lewisham will mark Remembrance Sunday with two commemorative events on Sunday 9 November.
Reverend Heston Groenewald the vicar from St John’s Church will lead one service at the war memorial on Upper Brockley Road (at its junction with Lewisham Way). A second service will be led by Father Steve Hall the vicar from St Mary’s the Virgin Church, at the war memorial on Lewisham High Street. Both services will bring together Lewisham’s diverse population to remember all those who gave their lives during the world wars and other conflicts.
The service on Upper Brockley Road will start at 10.55am. It will be attended by the Chair of Lewisham Council, Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye, New Cross and Deptford ward councillors, local MP, Dame Joan Ruddock and members of the Deptford branch of the Royal British Legion. A local band and singer will lead the singing of the hymns.
Police will stop traffic at 11am for the customary two-minute silence.The wreath laying will be led by the Chair of the Council.
The second much larger service will take place at 10.55am by the war memorial on Lewisham High Street (opposite Lewisham Hospital). St Mary’s church choir, led by choir master, Chris Stringfellow, will lead the singing of the hymns. The wreath laying will be led by the Mayor of Lewisham.
Local dignitaries attending are: Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham; Heidi Alexander, MP for Lewisham East; Jim Dowd, MP for Lewisham West and Penge; Col. Jane Davis OBE DL TD, Lewisham’s Deputy Lieutenant. The Lewisham branches of the Royal British Legion will attend with their standards.
A marching band from the 1475 Squadron ATC will lead contingents to and from the war memorial on Lewisham High Street. The Mayor and Deputy Lieutenant will take the salute and inspect the troops at the end of the service which will also include a two minute silence at 11am. Lewisham Schools’ Band will play music at the Cenotaph for the hymns, last post and reveille.
Lewisham residents are welcome to attend either service.