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Thousands pay Remembrance Day respects

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 â?? on 11 November each year â?? 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.

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on the second Sunday in November â?? 12 November this year â?? is a day for the nation to remember and honour all those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

This Sunday, people gathered at events in 14 towns and villages across Thurrock and took part in the 2-minutes silence as a show of respect before parades and wreath-laying.

The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, attended a number of events on Sunday and was moved by the number of people who turned out.

He said: "it is extremely humbling to attend so many events and see so many people pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our great country.

"The support shown by the people of Thurrock â?? those young and old â?? was incredibly and extremely moving. 

He added: "Organising so many events, with so many people from our friends in the armed forces, emergency services and our veterans is extremely challenging â?? my thanks go to the Royal British Legion and everybody who helped make today happen."


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