Hackney s service men and women remembered

The Speaker of Hackney, Councillor Sally Mulready, led proceedings at the borough’s Remembrance Sunday parade and church service at the weekend (Sunday 14 November).

The Speaker joined more than 200 veterans, cadets, reservists and others representing associations such at the Royal British Legion, army cadets, Salvation Army, as well as other local councillors for a procession from Reading Lane to the Cenotaph at St John at Hackney Church in Lower Clapton Road.

On arrival at St John, the Speaker laid a wreath to commemorate all those who have lost their lives during military service. The church rector, Father Rob Wickham, then led the service that was also attended by local dignitaries including Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe and Hackney MPs Meg Hillier and Diane Abbott.

At the service the Speaker selected an extract from Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech on becoming President of South Africa, ‘to remind us all we must continue to strive for peace, equality and justice’.

Following the service, the procession resumed through Lower Clapton Road and Mare Street culminating with a salute taken by the Queen’s representative to Hackney, Lt. Col. Morriss, and dignitaries at the Town Hall, where the Speaker laid another wreath of poppies at the War Memorial.

The Speaker said: “It is an honour to represent Hackney on Remembrance Sunday, as it remains terribly important that we do not forget the sacrifices made by the people who lost their lives during the World Wars. We must also remember all those who have fought in wars since and who are doing so today. I would particularly like to give special mention to the men and women from Hackney, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.”

The event was organised by the Royal British Legion in conjunction with Hackney Council and St John at Hackney Church.

The Deputy Speaker of Hackney, Councillor Linda Kelly, took part in a Remembrance Sunday service at St Leonard s Church, Shoreditch High Street, where she placed a wreath at the Church memorial. She also placed a wreath in the vestibule of Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street.