War Memorial gets a refresh

6 February 2018
Thurrock Council, in consultation with the Royal British Legion Society (RBLS) and the World War One Commemorative Events Committee, will be replacing two trees near the Grays Cenotaph with new lower level planting.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: "The trees were becoming too big for the beds and growing too high and interfering with the flag pole close by.
"We know this area is important to Thurrock and in our ongoing work commemorating the centenary of World War 1 to honour British troops, I’m very pleased to see improvements being made.

Leader announces review of war memorials and graves

21 November 2017
The Leader of Thurrock Council has announced a full review of the war memorials, monuments and graves in the borough ahead of next year's centenary marking the end of the First World War.
Cllr Rob Gledhill has asked officers, in consultation with the Royal British Legion and 'Friends of' groups, to investigate what can be done to improve the memorials, refresh the name plates and protect the monuments for future generations to pay their respects to those who have fallen.

Thousands pay Remembrance Day respects

13 November 2017
Thousands of people across Thurrock paid their respects throughout the Remembrance Day weekend this year.
Purfleet hosted an early remembrance event on Sunday 5 November ahead of a busy weekend of 18 services which took place on 11 and 12 November.
Armistice Day, which – on 11 November each year – marks the end of the First World War, was observed at Grays High Street, intu Lakeside and the war memorials at North Stifford and Orsett.
A sombre 2-minutes silence was respected at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.