Thurrock prepares to mark 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

19 September 2018

Preparations are already under way for Thurrock to mark the important event of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November.

Ahead of the centenary war memorials across the borough are being cleaned, 834 poppies will be displayed on lampposts to commemorate all from the area who died in the war and special planters will be installed at all cemeteries where war dead are buried.

A series of events will take place throughout the borough around the centenary including remembrance services, beacons being lit in East Tilbury and Purfleet and an afternoon of talks, songs and memories at Thameside Theatre on Wednesday 14 November.

Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "So many sacrificed so much in the First World War and the centenary, and the major events planned locally, will give us all a chance reflect on all that they did for us and thank them for their service.

"Last year I made clear that we would bring all of our war memorials up to a standard befitting the sacrifice made by those named on them and I am happy that we have done so. We still have other works to do but it's great that residents are saying the works so far are noticeable."

Thurrock Council is working with local community groups which are hosting their own commemoration events and would encourage everyone who is doing likewise to contact the council to see how it can help.

You can get advice online for on organising street parties and seeking permission install poppies, flags or banners on street furniture.