13 Nov Mayor of Basildon leads Remembrance Sunday tributes
The Mayor of Basildon led the borough’s tributes to Britain’s war dead during Remembrance Sunday services across the borough.
Wreaths were laid outside St Martin’s Church, Basildon, by The Mayor, Cllr David Dadds, and Leader of Basildon Council, Cllr Andrew Baggott. Cllr Dadds also presented a wreath at Laindon War Memorial and attended a beacon lighting ceremony in Billericay to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Basildon Council funded the installation of another beacon at Wat Tyler Country Park, which was lit by Cllr Andy Barnes, Chairman of the Communities Committee, and Cllr Thomas Rickal, from Basildon’s twin town of Heiligenhaus in Germany.
Cllr Dadds further organised the funding of five First World War ‘Tommies’ across the borough. One of the art installations was placed in the Basildon Centre, with others being delivered to Wickford Royal British Legion, Pitsea Royal British Legion and Laindon Royal British Legion. Funding was given to Billericay Town Council for the purchase of the remaining ‘Tommie’.