150 AT REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE IN UPPER NORWOOD
Around 150 people attended yesterday’s wreath laying and Remembrance Day service at Upper Norwood War Memorial on Westow Street.
A total of 20 wreaths were laid including one by Cllr Pat Ryan on behalf of the Mayor of Croydon. Other wreaths were laid by Croydon North MP Steve Reed; Cllr Angela Wilkins (Crystal Palace ward) on behalf of the Mayor of Bromley; Crystal Palace Foundation; Crystal Palace Triangle police; Scouts; Norwood Society; Crystal Palace Chamber of Commerce; Christ Church Gipsy Hill; Crystal Palace Community Association; Salvation Army; Virgo Fidelis and others.
Francis Bernstein, who organised this year’s event in the absence of our missing friend Robbie Gibson, has sent a round robin ‘Thank You’ to all those involved:
“Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended the Crystal Palace Remembrance Service today. “I was very proud to help Audrey Hammond and the Salvation Army, and the Scouts, who do so much on behalf of Crystal Palace community and make this Remembrance Service part of our proud local tradition.
“Thanks to the Victory Club volunteers in the South Norwood British Legion branch for help with the wreaths and poppy tin collections.
“Amazing number of community organisations, churches, local schools and individuals laid
wreaths this year. “Special thanks, to those who helped behind the scenes cleaning up round the memorial and helping in the Phoenix Centre putting out seats and serving teas and coffees, and the Haynes Lane team for volunteering in the kitchen for refreshments after.
“Thanks to the Phoenix Centre staff for letting us use the buildings, and the Crystal Palace
Chamber of Commerce who helped organise this year’s event.
“Special thanks to the Salvation Army for a lovely service, including the additional one minute silence for those who sadly died in the tragic Croydon tram incident.
“Special thanks to the Crystal Palace Triangle Police and SNT who attended and stopped the traffic, and thank you for the drivers who patiently and respectfully waited.
“Thanks to the Mayoral representatives of Croydon and Bromley, Steve Reed MP and Crystal Palace ward, Upper Norwood ward and Gipsy Hill ward and councillors who attended. “Thanks to the Scouts, and everyone who attended: “You did Crystal Palace proud.
“It was a very moving ceremony, with so many young and old all present, as we remember those who gave so much for others, and all those who are very sadly missed today.”