Another year passes and in three short months we will be remembering, as we do every year, that our liberties are built on the sacrifices of those that went before us. Remembrance Sunday this year falls on 13th November. Dagenham has a long and proud service history and has traditionally marked the day with a number of services across the borough. None more famous than the procession in Dagenham Village, led by the Dagenham Girl Pipers.

This year the parade is under threat. Unfortunately the Dagenham Girl Pipers are unable to attend, so local councillors and local MP Jon Cruddas are on the search for a marching band.

Bagpipes, bugles, drummers, or full brass band – if anybody knows of a local marching band that can help please do get in touch by calling 020 8984 7854 or emailing jon@jon-cruddas-mp.net

Jon commented: “The procession in Dagenham Village has become local tradition on Remembrance Day, and it would be a shame for it not to go ahead this year. That is why I am putting out the call for a marching band early. The event takes a lot of planning and the local British Legion do a fantastic job every year – so if anyone knows of a suitable band, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

The service in Dagenham Village attracts large crowds of local residents every year, all wishing to pay their respects to fallen service men and women, and their families. The procession is made up of a band to lead, local veterans, Dagenham Air Cadets, Police Cadets, and key community figures.