Published: 15:16, 08 November 2019
| Updated: 15:16, 08 November 2019
Mayor of Swale Councillor Ken Ingleton has sent a message for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day for Sheppey.
He said: "From past experience of remembrance services both here and in Sittingbourne's twin town of Ypres in Belgium these will be very moving occasions, especially for those personally affected.
"Although the world wars are now history, the debt can never be paid back to those who we remember.
"I hope that many families throughout the borough will attend to remember both friends and family members who, over the years, have lost their lives protecting our way of life."
He and his mayoress Mick will represent the council for the two-minute silence at 11am on both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day on Monday, the 11th day of the 11th month.
He said: "On both days the borough will stand with the nation to remember all of the people who have lost their lives in armed conflicts defending our nation, especially at this time we remember our courageous service personnel and those whose lives have been changed."
On Sunday he will be at the Royal British Legion service at the Sheerness cenotaph and lay a wreath on behalf of the residents of Swale followed by a service at Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness Broadway. Sheppey FM will provide the PA.
At 3pm the mayor will be at St Thomas’ Church, Harty, for an act of remembrance at the war grave.
On Monday he will be at Halfway cemetery at the Cross of Sacrifice to mark the 101st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice at 11am on November 11, 1918.
He added: "I am grateful to the deputy mayor and fellow councillors who will be representing the council at services and acts of remembrance throughout the borough.
"I urge all of you to remember those who have lost their lives in armed warfare defending the country and its freedoms that we enjoy by buying a poppy and to wear it with pride to display your gratitude while also raising money to support to those affected by warfare.”
10.30am for 11am Cenotaph, Sheerness. Mayor of Swale Cllr Ken Ingleton with town chaplain the Rev Jeanette McLaren and the Rev Colin Johnson. Parade of Island organisations followed by two-minutes' silence, wreath-laying and then service at Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness Broadway. Bridge Road will be closed to traffic during the service
All Swale council-owned car parks will be free on Sunday.
10am All Saints Church, Eastchurch. Fr Tim Foreman with Hon Alderman Mike Brown. Mass followed by procession along the High Street with war vehicles at 10.15am, service of remembrance at the Lychgate at 10.50am.
10.30am Leysdown memorial bandstand, The Spinney, remembrance service with guest vocalist. Refreshments in village hall.
10.45am Minster Abbey. Cllr Ken Pugh and the Rev Paul Rush. Wreath-laying in the Chapel of Remembrance.
10.45am Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough. Cllr Cameron Beart and the Rev Cindy Kent. Wreath-laying at the war memorial.
3pm St Thomas’ Church, Harty war grave with Fr Tim Foreman and Mayor of Swale Cllr Ken Ingleton.
1.50pm for 2pm St Clement's lychgate, Leysdown, with Cllr Mini Nissanga and the Rev Joe Gregory. Act of Remembrance.
Armistice Day (Monday)
10.30am for 11am. Sheerness Cemetery, Halfway. Wreath-laying organised by the Sheerness branch of the Royal British Legion and planting of crosses on war graves with Swale mayor Cllr Ken Ingleton.