Tram memorial service to be held on anniversary of accident

A civic ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sandilands tram accident will take place at Central Parade, New Addington.

Members of the public are invited to join together at Market Square at 10.30am on Thursday 9 November.

An inscribed plinth has been installed at the square along with seating and planting to provide a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives.

The event will be attended by those directly affected by the derailment, as well as by representatives of all the agencies, charities and volunteers who helped in the aftermath.

“Although a year has passed since the incident we still mourn those who died on that dreadful day. This ceremony gives all those affected a chance to think back, remember the people who were lost, and stand together – both with survivors and with the families of those who lost their lives.”

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council

It is expected the ceremony will last approximately one hour and will conclude with the opportunity for tributes to be laid at the memorial site.

For those unable to attend New Addington there will also be a minute’s silence observed at the flagpole outside the Town Hall in Katharine Street.

St Edward’s church in New Addington will be open from 6am for quiet reflection, and a service will be presided over by the Bishop of Croydon at 5pm.

2021-11-15T15:07:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Recent news|