Biggest Remembrance Sunday turn out ever in Islington

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 November 2011

Remembrance Day Service at the Islington Green Memorial, Upper street, Islington, N1

Remembrance Day Service at the Islington Green Memorial, Upper street, Islington, N1

Dieter Perry

More than 1,000 people turned out to honour fallen soldiers over a series of events last week.

The biggest occasion was the Remembrance Sunday Parade, which set off from Highbury Fields at 10am and ended at Islington Green for a poignant service in memory of those who have given their lives for their country and a two minute silence.

The parade was headed by the Holloway Adventurers and Pathfinders Drum Corps, The Standard Bearers and Wreath Bearers, Islington Veterans Association (IVA), Honourable Artillery Company, Sea Cadets, 23 Cadet Squadron RE, The Rifles, 9F Squadron ATC and 329 Squadron ATC.

The event drew in the biggest numbers to date and chairman of the IVA, Ron Ranger, said it was the best service they have ever experienced.

There was also a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civilian and Military War Memorials at Islington and St Pancras Cemetery in East Finchley, led by Islington Mayor, Cllr Phil Kelly, the deputy lieutenant and councillors, on Wednesday.

On Friday – Armistice Day – there was a two minutes’ silence and short ceremony on the Town Hall steps in Upper Street, which was temporarily closed by police for the occasion.

Further Remembrance Sunday events took place at the war memorial in Spa Green, Finsbury, and at the WWI memorial arch in Manor Gardens, Holloway.

Islington Mayor, Cllr Phil Kelly, said: “All of the events went really well. I’m very pleased that the numbers of people turning out for Remembrance Day events are on the up.

“I think it shows people are taking events much more seriously and that they welcome the opportunity to express their feelings towards the people who have saved their country.”

Council leader, Cllr Catherine West, said: “Each year we get a bigger turn out and, more importantly, it’s all generations. We are seeing much more participation from younger people.”

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