Croydon’s Remembrance Sunday honours Black ex-service personnel

Second World War Jamaican RAF veteran Neil Flanigan laid a wreath during  Croydon’s  Remembrance Sunday events.

Neil Flanigan

Neil Flanigan 2

Prior to the wreath laying ceremony at the Town Hall, Neil attended the Church service at Croydon Minster.

Neil is full of praise for the well organised event.

‘The commemoration Service at the Minister and the Cenotaph were precisely coordinated and that the Authority retained photographer for ensuring that the celebration of the Anniversary of the centenary of WW1 was well documented in the history of the Borough, and I hope the reasons why the commemoration was held.

We must be conscious that many men from the Borough gave their lives on the battlefields for an undetermined cause and the Borough may well seek out and welcome those descendents of the men who died and also those who returned to a ghastly existence that their names can be immortalised in the history of the Borough and displayed in your Libraries.

The Mayor’s staff and supporting attendants was efficient and courteous’.

One of them ensured that he arrived at Windrush Square in Brixton to give his address at the War Memorial to Black ex-service personnel in all Britain’s wars that was put up by the Nubian Jak Community Trust.

‘It was a memorable day.’

Knitting Norbury Together

Earlier on Sunday morning residents of Norbury marked the  silence 11am at the small war memorial near the British Legion premises, the display of poppies put up by the Knitting for Norbury group including a Black Poppy, the symbol of the Black contribution in the two World Wars.

Norbury poppies 1A

The War to end all wars

The First World War was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but twenty  years later the Second World War broke out. The British Government is supplying the Saudis with weapons in the civil war in Yemen, while on our TVs appeals are being made for money to help the children so badly affected in it.

Croydon Peace Council

Following on the tradition of campaigning for peace and against war in Croydon since 1816, the launch of the Croydon Peace Council tomorrow at Ruskin House is an important initiative.


Discussion will be led by Carol Turner, author of Corbyn & Trident, about ways of  working together.

There will be a reading by Jan Woolf, a co-founder of No Glory in War which campaigns to promote peace and international understanding as part of the centenary commemorations.

The Lindsay Anderson documentary March to Aldermaston  (record of the first Ban the Bomb march) narrated by Richard Burton will be shown.

Croydon Peace Festival

In her latest enews  Katie Rose, the organiser of this year’s Croydon Peace Festival has included the following poem by Siegfried Sassoon

Everybody Sang

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on – on – and out of sight.

Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away … O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

Katie’s comment: ‘This well-loved poem conveys the power of song to bring peace even amidst the horror of war.  Writer Robert Graves fought with Sassoon in the The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and said that they often sang Welsh hymns.  When this poem was published in 1919  it resonated powerfully with the rising of people’s spirits as peace finally came.’

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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