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Kingston’s first ‘tommy’ sculpture unveiled to mark Armistice Day

Tommy sculpture WW1

Kingston Council’s Leader, Cllr Liz Green and the Mayor, Cllr Thay Thayalan, have unveiled the first ‘tommy’ sculpture outside of the Guildhall to mark the start of the Armistice Day commemorations.

Kingston’s Leader Cllr Liz Green said:

“Kingston is proud of its long association with the military and we recognise the sacrifices and important contribution our Armed Forces make.

“This is the first of five ‘tommies’ that will be placed around the borough to mark the First World War centenary. There will also be other events held throughout this month, and we hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to learn more about Kingston’s role in the war and honour all those involved.”

Cllr Thay Thayalan, Mayor of Kingston Council, said:

“It is an honour to unveil the first ‘tommy’ sculpture outside the historic Guildhall. Kingston's East Surrey regiment made a big military contribution to the First World War and we want to remember all those who have served, died or who were affected by the war.  

“On Sunday 11 November, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, following the Kingston War Memorial Service we will also be holding a short Rededication Ceremony at the East Surrey Gates outside All Saints Church in the Market Place, Kingston."

Communities across the UK have been marking the centenary of The Great War (World War One) and the anniversary of the Armistice that brought the bloody conflict to an end. The commerations started in 2014 and will conclude on Remembrance Sunday on 11 November 2018.

There will be four remembrance services taking place across Kingston on Sunday 11 November, at which the Mayor, Former Mayors, Councillors, Senior Officers of the council and other key Civic Dignitaries will be present.

Over the next few weeks there are also activities and events planned in the museum and libraries to mark the anniversary. For more information about these, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/kingstonremembers.