Remembrance Sunday services draw thousands together across Bromley

PUBLISHED: 15:22 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 14 November 2017

A parade was held during Orpington's remembrance service on Sunday. Photo: Keith Larby.

A parade was held during Orpington's remembrance service on Sunday. Photo: Keith Larby.


Take a look at pictures from Orpington’s and Shortlands’ services

Streets across Bromley were filled with residents paying their respects to fallen servicemen and women on Sunday.

Parades and services were held in towns across the borough, with wreaths laid for the first time at the new Shortlands War Memorial.

Elsewhere in Orpington, around 2,500 people lined the High Street and watched a remembrance parade.

The service saw the town’s MP Jo Johnson lay a wreath at Orpington War Memorial, attend a service at All Saints Parish Church, before a ceremony was held at the grave of Ivy Millichamp.

Jo Johnson at Orpington's remembrance service in November 2017. Photo: Keith LarbyJo Johnson at Orpington's remembrance service in November 2017. Photo: Keith Larby

Mrs Millichamp was the last civilian to die on British soil during the Second World War, when a V2 rocket struck her home in Kynaston Road while she was stood in the kitchen.

Orpington continued to pay its respects, as cadets and dignitaries moved on to Canadian Corner, a cemetery for First World War dead from Canada, Australia and Britain, where Mr Johnson laid a second wreath.

The Tory MP said: “Remembrance Sunday gives us a chance to honour those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

“We owe so much to our brave servicemen and women.

“The event was, as ever, brilliantly organised by the Royal British Legion, and I would like to pay tribute to all those that turned out and took part in the moving ceremony.”

After paying respects to a temporary wooden cross last year, ward councillors in Shortlands were able to join fellow residents under the newly-erected war memorial, which has been replaced following the devastating crash which destroyed the original in July last year.

Councillor Peter Morgan, executive councillor for renewal and recreation said: “On Sunday, thousands of residents from across the borough gathered to remember and commemorate the sacrifices made in the many wars and conflicts.

“The mayor laid a wreath at the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Bromley and other councillors represented the mayor in laying wreaths at war memorials and churches throughout the borough.”

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