Croydon marks centenary of WWI outbreak


By - Friday 8th August, 2014

People throughout Croydon will today mark the hundred year anniversary of the outbreak of WWI with a ceremony at the town hall. The vigil will also mark the beginning of plans for a nationwide campaign encouraging people to remember the event.


Poppies at Woodside Green, photo used with permission.

Release begins: Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “Today, one hundred years ago, the world entered one of the darkest periods in its history and many millions of people lost their lives. As we look back at those events with sadness we can still turn on the television to see almost daily examples of ongoing conflict around the world. My hope is that by reminding the next generation of the senselessness of war we can go some way to bringing about a more peaceful future.”

Over the next four years the council is working with schools and community groups to help deliver the nationwide ‘Centenary Programme’. This focuses on the themes of remembrance, youth, and education.

There is also a small grants fund available, and not for profit groups can apply for up to £5,000 to help them stage events relevant to the centenary commemorations. Full details are available from Yvonne Gaye on 020 8604 7029 or by e-mailing yvonne.gaye@croydon.gov.uk.

Throughout August and September an exhibition will be on display at the church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin in Addington, and on 24 August there will be a service in Coulsdon Memorial Ground, Marlpit Lane at 3pm.

On 30 September there will be a performance of The Muddy Choir at the Brit School. This play has been commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre, and was written by Jesse Briton. It includes period songs and tells the story of three young boys serving with the Durham Light Infantry in 1917.

Remembrance Sunday is on 9 November, and the Armistice Day Parade is on 11 November, and on 14 November the London Mozart Players hold a concert at the Fairfield Halls in conjunction with school choirs from across the borough.

Release ends.

Release sender: Croydon Council

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