Barking and Dagenham celebrates Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day celebrations at Valence House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Armed Forces Day celebrations at Valence House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins - Credit: Ellie Hoskins

Barking and Dagenham celebrated Armed Forces Day on Sunday by showcasing some of the borough’s best military artefacts.

Artefacts on display in Valence House for Armed Forces Day. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Artefacts on display in Valence House for Armed Forces Day. Picture: Ellie Hoskins - Credit: Ellie Hoskins

The remnants of a V2 bomb that fell in Barking during the Blitz, first hand accounts of battles and military medals were all on display at the event in Valence House in Dagenham.

A new Book of Remembrance, which documents the contributions of servicemen and women from Barking and Dagenham, was also on display.

The new Book of Remembrance, which commemorates the contributions of all the servicemen and women from Barking and Dagenham, were on display.

Pathé wartime newsreels and the re-printed Danger Over Dagenham book, which documents life there during the Second World War.

The V2 bomb. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The V2 bomb. Picture: Ellie Hoskins - Credit: Ellie Hoskins


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There was also a talk about how family life was effected during the First World War and Second World War in Barking and Dagenham by Mark Watson, educational officer at Barking and Dagenham Council.

Council leader Darren Rodwell who joined in the celebrations at Valence House on Saturday, said: “This year marks the centenary year since the end of the first World War and it was fantastic to see so many people come together to recognise the important sacrifices made by the men and women who served, and continue to serve, in our armed forces so that we can enjoy our freedom.”

Armed Forces Day celebrations in Valence House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Armed Forces Day celebrations in Valence House. Picture: Ellie Hoskins - Credit: Ellie Hoskins

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