Remembrance Sunday was bright but cold, early but fine and with the forecast for the day most encouraging we mustered in large numbers at the departure point on the far side of Windrush Square. Such circumstances on a November morning might have been common place to many a remembrance for the London Borough of Lambeth and its communities, but this year it was different with what was the biggest procession anyone could remember and with over two hundred people at the parlour reception that followed many of them young people in uniform, it was an event to savour and be proud of what we can achieve in this borough.
The scouts, sea cadets, beavers and cubs were a joy to have with us and our thanks to their adult leaders and especially the District Commissioner Rachel Mayes and her colleagues for their hard work in making the day so successful in worthy remembrance and the welcomed dignity of their uniformed presence.
The Stockwell Remembrance Parade was equally impressive and well attended and taking the salute alongside Rosi Prescott our Deputy Lieutenant and Borough Commander Chief Superintendant Matt Bell MBE the stage was set for our visit to West Norwood.
We were not to be disappointed with the Vincennes Memorial Service a credit to the organisers and most fitting in its dedication and remembrance to the selfless sacrifice and loyal duty shown by Lieutenant Violette Reine Elizabeth Szarbo GC, daughter of our borough who gave her young life in pursuit of liberty and the survival of others.