New flags for Dagenham war memorials

Andrew Achilleos, Cllr Margaret Mullane, Cllr Phil Waker, Doris Valence and Cllr Lee Waker

Andrew Achilleos, Cllr Margaret Mullane, Cllr Phil Waker, Doris Valence and Cllr Lee Waker - Credit: Archant

One of the borough’s oldest residents watched as a Union Jack was replaced outside a war memorial.

The new flag was hoisted high in Crown Street, Dagenham yesterday afternoon following complaints from residents that the old one was looking a bit shabby.

Doris Valence, 98, joined Cllr Lee Waker, Cllr Phil Waker and Cllr Margaret Mullane at the flag raising ceremony.

The flags are normally replaced every two years prior to Remembrance Day to prevent them appearing too tattered during the service.

But Cllr Lee Waker, who is a committee member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, arranged for the flag to be replaced early.


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A new flag was also raised at the Dagenham Heathway War Memorial at the corner of Church Elm Lane on the same day.

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