Lest We Forget 2020

Ryan at Wickford Memorial

Ryan has a Great, Great Uncle remembered on The Wickford War Memorial
Ryan at Wickford Memorial. Ryan has a Great, Great Uncle remembered on The Wickford War

Due to the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions, it has not been possible this year for our members to lay the Forget Never Project wreaths across the Borough.

The Internationally-recognised Basildon Borough First World War commemoration project lives on despite the problems faced by us all this year. Our ‘Young Twins’ (young members of the twinning project) have been engaging throughout the year with our twinning friends in Heiligenhaus in Germany and Meaux in France. We should have been meeting on the Somme in France as we have done for the past three years but sadly this has not been possible this year. Basildon Borough has a permanent memorial to the fallen in the First World War at Lochnagar Crater on The Somme and we were presented with our own copy of the “Empty Chair Memorial” last year which we proudly display at Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea. Young Twins have already laid wreaths at Wat Tyler, Pitsea Memorial, St. Martin’s Church in Basildon Town Centre and Wickford War Memorial. Arrangements have been made for additional wreaths to be laid at Vange Memorial and Laindon Memorial.

The photos show the wonderful efforts of the Young Twins.

Llyam at Pitsea War Memorial
Llyam at Pitsea War Memorial
Logan at St Martin's in Basildon
Logan at St Martin’s in Basildon
The Head and Deputy Head Students from Vange Primary School at the Vange Memorial outside St. Chads Church
The Head and Deputy Head Students from Vange Primary School at the Vange Memorial outside St. Chads Church
The Empty Chair
The Empty Chair
The Empty Chair at Wat Tyler Country Park
The Empty Chair at Wat Tyler Country Park
Ryan laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Ryan laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Llyam laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Llyam laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Ken Porter, chairman of Basildon Heritage Group, laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Ken Porter, chairman of Basildon Heritage Group, laying a wreath at the Empty Chair
Callum laying a wreath at Laindon Memorial
The Empty Chair at Lochnagar Crater, the Somme, France in 2018 with friends from Heiligenhaus, Meaux and Basildon together
The Empty Chair at Lochnagar Crater, the Somme, France in 2018 with friends from Heiligenhaus, Meaux and Basildon together

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