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'Lest we forget'

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

This is the time in the year when we remember all those who have given their lives so that we can live in freedom.

It is especially hard this year to detach from the situation we find ourselves in, with a world wide pandemic affecting all of us. We should also remember those who have passed because of Covid-19. In the midst of all the sadness we should also remember, that one day it will pass, and our lives while never being the same, will get back to some form of normality.

Give a thought as well to all those who are selflessly working to look after us and protect us from this silent enemy which is affecting all of us and our way of life.

The pictures accompanying this article are of the memorial benches at Gunners Park at The Garrison, Shoeburyness in Essex. They were erected a couple of years ago following 'The poppies wave event' in 2017 at Shoeburyness, when a breathtaking sculpture 'wave' of bright red sweeping poppy heads suspended on towering stalks was displayed at Barge Pier in Gunners Park. They were part of the installation first seen at the Tower of London. If you would like to see the part of the pictorial record of what the event looked like follow the link.

The display board between the memorial benches, Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Essex.

As the official photographer for the event I worked hard to document the story for the official record, on behalf of Southend on Sea Council.

I was further surprised and honoured to find that my pictures had, without my knowledge been chosen to represent the event on the public information board between the two memorial benches. One of the more unusual places in my career to find my images displayed.

The memorial benches at Gunners Park, The Garrison, Shoeburyness, Essex.

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