Armistice Day and Remembrance Day
November’s ceremonies in the capital included the laying of a wreath in the tideway just by Westminster Bridge.
Rob Powell has kindly provided photos taken on board the ‘Havengore’ (she is renowned for carrying Winston Churchill prior to the state funeral when the cranes in the Pool of London dipped their jibs in respect).
The highly-polished plaque records that historic occasion.
Rob, based in Gravesend, photos great and small events up and down the Thames.
He was down at nearby Denton Wharf when ‘Gloriana’ was put to rest in the PLA yard there in safe hands until the Spring when, hopefully, she will return to her famous ceremonial routine up and down the Thames. I look forward to his annual calendar, which always delights.
Other maritime ceremonies besides the Cenotaph were well-reported and held on Tower Green at the Merchant Navy memorial garden. Did you know the Lord Mayor is conveyed by boat to HMS President in the pool prior to the Lord Mayor’s Annual Parade. Here in Greenwich the Sunday service at the Royal Naval College – including a wreath laying ceremony – is most moving, as much of the famous Naval music is performed by the choir from nearby Trinity Laban College of Music.