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An uplifting and successful Remembrance Sunday
Service was held yesterday afternoon in Laindon at the newly
located temporary War Memorial site.
The event was attended by in excess of 150 people, including the Mayor of Basildon, David Burton-Sampson, representatives from the Police Force, Local Authorities and from the main political parties, together with the local Scouts and Cubs groups laying wreaths in remembrance of our fallen war heroes.
The order of Service was taken by local Reverend Andrei Petrine as the event brought together members of the public in attendance who also had the opportunity to share their memories with each other following the event at a refreshment marquee supported by Swan..
The War Memorial currently sits within a temporary site whilst regeneration work continues. The Swan team worked with local historian Ken Porter to create a bespoke hoarding around the War Memorial which highlights the names of all veterans who lost their lives from Laindon and the surrounding areas during WW1 and WW2. It is planned that the names will be recorded permanently once the memorial is sited in its final position. Whilst plans are to be finalised, Swan are working with Building Crafts College Stone Masons in Stratford to ensure a fitting reminder remains.
Local Historian Ken Porter commented; "I would like to thank Swan Housing on behalf of the residents of Laindon and District for not only relocating our war memorial, albeit temporary, but also for designing and placing a banner on the Hoarding of the development site next to the memorial, listing those that lost their lives in the two wars from the local area, we held a fitting service here yesterday and it was a pleasure to see almost 160 people turn out to remember our fallen heroes."
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