Merton Council is to hold a number of commemorative events across the borough to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
This year marks the Armistice Centenary and Merton will be playing its part in Battle’s Over, a unique day-long commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One.
Events will begin on Friday 9 November with the unveiling of a ‘Tommy’, a silhouette soldier, which will stand inside the grounds of the Mitcham War Memorial. The unveiling, by the Mayor of Merton, will commence at 3.50pm next to the war memorial and will be followed by a 2-minute silence and music from the Veterans Choir. Residents are invited to attend.
On Sunday 11 November at 9am, remembrance services will be held across the borough. The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin, Deputy Mayor Councillor Geraldine Stanford and Leaders of all political parties will attend.
Sunday 11 November:
Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, Wimbledon
Attended by: Mayor of Merton, civic representatives and the Royal British Legion.
Mitcham War Memorial, Lower Green West, Mitcham
Attended by: Mayor of Merton, Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE, civic representatives and the Mitcham branch of the Royal British Legion.
Wimbledon War Memorial, Wimbledon Village
Attended by: Deputy Mayor of Merton, civic representatives, the Wimbledon branch of The Royal British Legion and the 210 Transport Squadron.
A special commemorative event will take place from 6.30pm (11 November) at the civic centre in Morden. Hosted by the Mayor of Merton, community groups and residents will come together, with the rest of the nation, to remember the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home wounded.
At 6.55pm a bugler will sound the last post outside the civic centre. At 7pm the Mayor of Merton and Deputy Lieutenant will light a Beacon in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7:05pm the civic centre will ring out with the sound of bells as part of Ringing out for Peace national tribute. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to bring along a bell.
The final two events will take place on Monday 12 November with services held in the following locations:
Merton Civic Centre, Morden
Attended by: Mayor of Merton and civic representatives.
Mitcham War Memorial
Attended by: Deputy Mayor of Merton and civic representatives.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Mary Curtin said: “Remembrance Day is a time for the nation to come together to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for this country. I hope residents will join us at one of the boroughs remembrance services to honour the brave individuals who are gone but certainly not forgotten.
“With this year marking 100 years since the end of World War One, I am also inviting residents to come along to the commemorative event on 11 November at the civic centre. This fitting event will play its part in the nation’s tribute and mark the day when the guns fell silent, with the lighting of a Beacon and the ringing of bells.”
For more information, visit the Merton website.
Notes to editor:
Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on Sunday November 11 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.
Tommies are a near life-size silhouette soldier and are part of the nationwide campaign There But Not There – a poignant tribute commemorating 100 years since the end of the World War One.