This weekend, as well as attending the Remembrance Sunday service in Dartford’s Central Park, I also attended the unveiling of a special memorial for residents killed during the Second World War.
Just a day before we marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a plaque was unveiled in Swanscombe to mark the site where it is thought the town’s biggest loss of life occurred during the Second World War.
This bombing took place just after 8pm on November 10th, 1940 at The Morning Star pub in Swanscombe, where a darts match with a neighbouring pub was underway. Up to 27 people were killed and a similar number were wounded.
Five bombs were dropped during the raid hitting Sun Road, Vernon Road and Castle Street as well as The Morning Star. Among those killed were the pub’s popular landlord Archie Stevens, barmaid Ada White and many residents, as well as members of the visiting darts team from Northfleet.
It is fitting that a plaque now marks the place of this awful tragedy in memory of the people who lost their lives during that terrible evening.
This year’s commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War took place far and wide across the country and were attended by people throughout the country.
One very special event was the lighting of beacons throughout the UK. In Hartley crowds gathered to see a beacon lit as part of this country-wide ceremony. It was great to see so many people turn out for this poignant event, led by the local rector and supported by groups from the local area.
Remembering those who lost their lives during conflicts is very important and I am honoured to have attended some of these commemorations.