Crowds mark Bromley Remembrance Day 2013 at services across the borough

PUBLISHED: 14:22 10 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 10 November 2013

An 'old' veteran at Orpington's service

An 'old' veteran at Orpington's service


Wreaths were laid at memorial services across Bromley borough as veterans, local dignitaries, residents and scout groups gathered to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war.

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill attended Bromley’s main service at Bromley Parish Church in Church Road this morning where there was a service before wreath-laying at Martin’s Hill.

After it finished, members of Bromley and Beckenham CND group laid a wreath made from a cross, a pair of peace doves, peace lilies, and both red and white poppies, to symbolise peace.

Scout groups paraded through Beckenham town centre where there was also a service and wreath-laying.

The occasion was attended by local MP, Colonel Bob Stewart, the former UN Commander in Bosnia.

He also toured in Ireland and was present at the 1982 Ballykelly bombing which killed 11 of his soldiers. The Irish National Liberation Army planted a time bomb in a disco in the town, also leading to the deaths of six civilians.

The parade started in St George’s Road before making its way to the war memorial.

After the service it reformed for the march past Bromley Road outside St George’s Church.

Crowds also gathered at Orpington memorial for a service, attended by MP Jo Johnson.

Services were held across the borough at Bickley, Biggin Hill, Bromley Common and Keston, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Cray Valley East, Cray Valley West, Chislehurst, Farnborough and Crofton, Hayes and Coney Hall, Mottingham and Chislehurst North, Penge and Cator, Petts Wood and Knoll, Plaistow and Sundridge, Shortlands and West Wickham.

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