Thousands line the streets as Thurrock marks Remembrance centenary

13 November 2018

Thousands of people paid their respects at Remembrance parades and ceremonies in Thurrock over the weekend.

Huge crowds gathered for events across the borough to mark Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, including packed services in Grays Stanford-le-Hope and Tilbury.

Beacons were also lit at Coalhouse Fort, East Tilbury and in Purfleet, while special events and exhibitions took place at Thameside Theatre and Thurrock Museum in Grays.

In advance of the events, Thurrock Council displayed 834 poppies across Thurrock – one for each brave serviceman who lost their life in the war. Additionally, all of the war memorials underwent specialist cleaning and maintenance.

Special commemorative planters were also installed at the war memorials and Silent Soldier silhouettes were displayed.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "The Remembrance events in Thurrock were a fitting tribute to all the brave servicemen who gave their lives in service to their country.

"I was very pleased to see so many people turn out for the various parades and ceremonies, joining the nation in recognising those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.

"I'd like to personally thank all those community groups who came together and produced magnificent remembrance displays and to all those residents who paid their respects over the weekend at one of the Remembrance events or with their own tributes.

"We will also now be looking to create a permanent display to show how Thurrock marked this important centenary."

Cllr Aaron Watkins, portfolio holder for environment and highways, said: "834 heroic servicemen from Thurrock gave their lives in service to their country and it was very touching to see our communities come together in huge numbers to pay their respects.

"Throughout the weekend we had a number of compliments about the work we had been done to ensure the memorials and cemeteries were looking their best.

"I would like to thank the Royal British Legion, all of the various community groups involved and our fantastic staff for enabling Thurrock to mark this important centenary in such a poignant way."