Tower Hamlets Mayor backs 2018 poppy appeal


Mayor John Biggs backs the Poppy Appeal 2018

  • Bells will ring as the centenary of the end of the First World War is marked at events across the borough.


John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets has backed the 2018 poppy appeal, raising money for the British Legion to support servicemen in need from past conflicts.

The Mayor joined the Royal British Legion on 27th October who were selling poppies at Sainsbury’s on Cambridge Heath Road in Whitechapel.

On Sunday 11 November, the Mayor and Chief Executive will attend a memorial event at the Garden of remembrance at Trinity Square Gardens in Tower Hill along with councillors and faith groups organised by the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Across the borough a number of commemorative events will mark the centenary of the end of the armistice for the First World War. On the 11 November, many churches across Tower Hamlets will also ring out as they did at the end of the First World War. The Government is supporting the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to recruit 1,400 ringers – the number lost during the war.  

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “We will never forget the great sacrifice and contribution that people from our borough made in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. It’s especially fitting as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and I know that residents Tower Hamlets will support this year’s poppy appeal.”

On 4 November, the Tower of London launched,Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’, in whichthe moat of the tower was filled with thousands of individual flames to remember and honour those who died. The installation will run until 11 November, including on Armistice Day 2018. The installation is free to view from Tower Hill and the Tower concourse. 

On Friday 9 November at 11am the Mayor, councillors, council staff, local voluntary organisations, will observe two minutes silence to mark Armistice Day.

Some pupils from the nearby Mayflower School in Upper North Street in Poplar which in 1917 was the scene of the first arial bombing of London in the war will also lay a wreath.

The key commemorative events in the borough where the public can attend are listed here



Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018