War heroes to be honoured at Islington Remembrance events

Mayor of Islington Cllr Richard Greening helps Islington veterans sell poppies in Angel, Islington

Mayor of Islington Cllr Richard Greening helps Islington veterans sell poppies in Angel, Islington - Credit: Archant

Islington will honour those who lost their lives in two world wars and more than 70 other conflicts with several Remembrance events this month.

Hundreds are expected to attend the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and an inter-faith service this Sunday, November 8. The parade begins at 10am at Highbury Corner and continues along Upper Street to Islington Green, Angel, where there will be an inter-faith service at 10:40am. A two-minute silence will take place at 11am and wreaths will be laid.

Later that day there will be a service 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.

On November 5 a Remembrance event will be held at Islington & St Pancras Cemetery in East Finchley at 10.30am.

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.

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For the past two weeks, Islington veterans have been taking to the streets of Islington to sell poppies for the British Legion.

Islington veteran Captain Dennis Sharrocks, who spent 29 years in the forces, including tours of duty in Northern Ireland and Iraq, said: “The poppy appeal is an essential charity that funds others. So all those organisations that help veterans in all sorts of ways – mental, physical health and rehabilitation – will benefit from it. The more money we gather, the more help they get.”

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Remarkably few people, he added, know much about the sterling work of the British Legion: “It’s a silent support that’s not always advertised. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes - like supporting Combat Stress [the charity that treats Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress)] - but we never hear about that.

“Soldiers are very proud people – they don’t like to admit they’re injured or weak, or publicly admit that they need help. So we only hear the bad stories about soldiers being injured or even committing crimes when they can’t find a job in civilian life.”

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