War heroes honoured at Islington Remembrance services

The Islington Remembrance parade leaving Highbury Corner

The Islington Remembrance parade leaving Highbury Corner - Credit: Archant

On Sunday, hundreds attended a Remembrance parade and service in Islington to honour those who lost their lives in two world wars and more than 70 other conflicts.

Prayers at the inter-faith service on Islington Green were conducted by faith leaders from the borough, including Church of England Area Dean of Islington Reverend Jonathan Brewster, the Catholic Area Dean Canon Peter Newby, the Honorary Chaplain of the Islington Veterans’ Association Reverend Nigel Williams.

A two-minute silence took place at 11am, after which wreaths were laid by war veterans, council members including Mayor of Islington Richard Greening, and representatives from various local organisations such as the Islington Chamber of Commerce and the Islington Pensioners Forum.

Speaking before the service, the Mayor told the Gazette: “It’s important to remember all the people who died to keep the country safe and free from all forms of terrorism.”

Florence Guei, 40, of Britannia Row, whose two sons were marching with the Scouts in the parade, said: “For me, it’s important because my husband’s father was a solider in France in the Second World War. It’s important to remember those who lost their lives for the freedom that we have today.”

George Burnett, 62, of Goswell Road, whose seven-year-old grandson was also marching with the Scouts, said Remembrance Day was an important event for younger generations: “It’s important that he [my grandson] grows up with that memory.”

Sid Farmiloe, 55, from Lofting Road, whose family has lived in Islington for generations, said: “I have been coming here since I joined the Boys’ Brigade at the age of six. Now my children and grandchildren have joined.

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He added: “My father and both grandfathers fought in the World Wars. My grandfather was just 15 when he joined the army and lied about his age. He was sent back but then went back out to fight again.”

Later in the day, a service was held at the Spa Green War Memorial in Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell at 12pm, and by the War Memorial Arch in Royal Northern Gardens, Holloway at 1.30pm, where Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath and read a poem by World War I poet Wilfred Owen.

Members of the Islington Veterans Association, as well as the Mayor of Islington and senior council staff, will gather in the forecourt of the Town Hall to observe a two-minute silence at 11am on Wednesday November 11 - the time and date that marked the end of the First World War.