Fallen soldiers set to be honoured in Islington tomorrow

A memorial service on Islington Green tomorrow will take on special significance as the 100th anniversary of the Great War looms next year.

Islington Mayor Cllr Barry Edwards will be joined by Cllr Richard Watts, leader of the council, leader of the opposition Cllr Terry Stacy and chief executive Lesley Seary, along with Veterans Groups.

Police will close Upper Street and about 1,000 people are expected to watch the parade as it leaves Highbury Corner at 10am and heads towards the war memorial on the Green. Following the two minutes’ silence at 11am, wreaths will be laid at the war memorial.

The war memorial has been beset by structural problems and will not be accessible to the public on the day.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “Naturally, we are very disappointed that due to the poor state of the monument’s foundations, there will be no direct access to the war memorial this Remembrance Sunday as there has been in previous years.”

The procession is one of four events taking place ahead of the 100th anniversary of the start of conflict in the First World War.

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Civilian and Military War Memorials at Camden and Islington Cemetery, in East Finchley, at 10.30am on November 7.

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Two further Remembrance Sunday events will take place at the War Memorial, at Spa Green, in Finsbury, at 11.40am and at the WWI Memorial Arch at Manor Gardens, Holloway, at 2pm.

Cllr Barry Edwards, Mayor of Islington said: “Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, it is an honour for me to represent all of Islington’s residents in these acts of Remembrance.

“This week we remember those killed in conflicts around the globe and the sacrifices made by Islington’s own service men and women. Many of those who volunteered have present day decendents now living in Islington.

Members of the Islington Veterans’ Association will observe the Royal British Legion’s Two Minute Silence with a short ceremony on the Town Hall steps at 11am on Monday - the same day, minute and hour the hostilities ended 95 years ago