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Borough Market begins Southwark’s World War I commemorations

Local commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War began on Monday with a wreath-laying ceremony and service organised by Borough Market.

Borough Market begins Southwark’s World War I commemorations
Representatives of Borough Market, the Royal British Legion and Southwark Council with Rt Revd Mike Ward and Very Revd Andrew Nunn
Borough Market begins Southwark’s World War I commemorations
David Lyon, vice chair of the Borough Market trustees, laid a wreath at the memorial in Borough High Street
Borough Market begins Southwark’s World War I commemorations
The market bell tolled as the procession made its way to Middle Road for the commemoration service
Borough Market begins Southwark’s World War I commemorations
'Lest we forget' - the Borough Market wreath

Representatives of the market, Southwark Cathedral and the Royal British Legion gathered at the Borough War Memorial in Borough High Street.

David Lyon, vice-chair of the Borough Market trustees, laid a wreath at the recently restored war memorial and a prayer was led by Rt Revd Mike Ward, a bishop of the Old Catholic Church who serves as chaplain to the Greater London district of the Royal British Legion.

As the procession of standard-bearers and clergy made its way through Borough Market as the market bell tolled.

In the market's middle road the Dean of Southwark, Very Revd Andrew Nunn, led a short service of commemoration.

On Sunday morning at St George's Cathedral Southwark's Roman Catholics will mark the anniversary of the start of World War I at the 11.30am Mass.

Later that day, the Anglican Southwark Cathedral will host a vigil of readings and prayers.

On Monday night local public buildings taking part in the nationwide 'Lights Out' initiative include Tower Bridge and the Home Office immigration offices at Becket House.

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