Full list of Somme centenary services as mayor praises ‘forgotten heroes’ on Armed Forces Day
PUBLISHED: 10:20 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:20 28 June 2016
Bromley council held its annual flag raising ceremony last week
The mayor of Bromley Ian Payne led the borough’s tributes in the build up to Armed Forces Day last week.
A flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, June 21, marked the run up to Armed Forces Day, which the nation celebrated on Saturday.
In his opening remarks, the mayor said: “It is an opportunity to show support for the Armed Forces, namely the Navy, Army and Air Force, and it provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families.
“It is also the opportunity for us to confirm the Armed Forces Covenant that outlines how the government, local authority, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel, past and present throughout the year.
“Our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends, today is a day we also acknowledge them - the forgotten heroes.”
As Armed Forces Day passes, attentions in Bromley have turned to marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most violent battles of the First World War.
War memorials around the borough will host short services at around 7.15am on Friday, July 1, to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
Each service will begin with an explanation of the battle’s significance, which will lead up to the blowing of a whistle at 7.30am.
This will be followed by a minutes silence and prayers.
Three short whistle blasts will be blown to commemorate the precise moment 100,000 British and Commonwealth troops went over the top into battle.
War memorials in the borough where Whistle for the Somme is due to take place at 7.15am on July 1:
Beckenham, junction of High Street/Croydon Road, BR3 1BN
Bickley St Georges, Bickley Park Road, BR1 2BE
Biggin Hill War Memorial, Main Road, TN16 3DY
Bromley War Memorial, Martins Hill, Church Road, BR2 0EG
Chislehurst War Memorial, Bromley Road, BR7 5PH
Keston War Memorial, Heathfield Road, BR2 6HU
Orpington War Memorial, High Street, BR6 0NQ
Penge War Memorial, High Street, SE20 7HB
St Mark’s Church, Bromley, Westmoreland Road, BR2 0TB
St Mary’s Church Shortlands, Kingswood Road, BR2 0HG
St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary Cray High Street. BR5 3NL
West Wickham War Memorial, Corkscrew Hill, BR4 9QT