Croydon will join the rest of the nation this week in remembering the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.
The Armistice Day ceremony will be held at 11am on Thursday 11 November at the Croydon cenotaph in Katharine Street. The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury will lead a two-minute silence, at 11am, followed by wreath-laying.
There will be a civic service of remembrance at 10.55am on Sunday 14 November at Croydon Minster, Church Street, Croydon, CR0 1RN. Attendees are asked to be seated by 10:40am. Because of Covid-19, there is a reduced capacity in the Minster this year, and those attending are requested to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and maintain social distancing where possible, to help keep everyone safe.
Following the service at the Minster, starting at 12.15pm there will be a remembrance parade of military personnel and uniformed groups. The parade will begin outside Marks & Spencer on North End and finish at the memorial at Katharine Street, where a wreath-laying ceremony will commence at 12.30pm.
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury, will lead the ceremony and lay the first wreath. Other civic, faith and community leaders will then lay wreaths followed by members of the public. Anyone who wishes to lay a wreath may do so and should congregate outside the Spread Eagle pub at 12.20pm and will be directed when they should lay their wreath. The wreath-laying ceremony will finish at around 1pm.
During the parade, there will be road closures in place at Katharine Street, Fell Road, St George’s Walk and High Street from the flyover up to Katharine Street between 10am and 1.30pm. Bus diversions will be in place.
“Our Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events are an opportunity for us all to honour the immense sacrifice that our men and women of the military have given in order to maintain the peace and freedoms that we enjoy today. I hope everyone in Croydon will join me as we come together to remember them.”
Councillor Sherwan Chowdhury, Mayor of Croydon