Revd Cameron Kirkwood, Tower Hamlets Circuit, got to meet with the Queen and Prince Philip who attended All Saints Church for a special centenary service marking the day a bomb killed 18 children. Read John Singleton's article below:
"THE Queen and Prince Philip came to Poplar on Thursday to mark the centenary of the day in June 1917 when a German bomb fell on Upper North Street (now Mayflower) school, killing 18 children. The Revd Cameron shook the hands of the Queen and Prince Philip as part of the clergy and interfaith group at All Saints church. “Prince Philip even asked me where the Methodist church is in Poplar and so I was able to tell him,” he said. “The event was really quite moving, particularly when 18 children from different local schools processed forward to the front of the church, carrying a large paper white dove to symbolise both the lives lost, but also the desire for peace and for us to be peacemakers. The procession took place as other children from the schools sang ‘I the Lord of sea and sky’. Afterwards, in the park, where the memorial to the children stands, there was a wonderful Poplar atmosphere as people from all backgrounds and faiths were provided with food, music from a military band and then the laying of wreaths in front of the monument. The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs and the MP for Limehouse and Poplar, Jim Fitzpatrick, were in attendance. One of the most moving speeches in the park was from His Excellency Dr Peter Ammon, the German Ambassador to the UK, who spoke of the important friendship between the United Kingdom and Germany which had emerged following the end of the Second World War and that the memory of the 18 children killed on that terrible day in 1917 must act to ensure that the partnership between the two nations must continue to remain strong. Dr Ammon was warmly applauded for his speech and he laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial.” Also present at the event was chief executive of the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest, Alex Campbell, and the Queen Vic’s former director, Terry Simco."
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