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War Memorial (East End)

Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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12.1 am

I present a petition signed by almost 4,000 Londoners, most of whom live in the east end, in support of the efforts of the group known as Civilians Remembered to obtain a suitable memorial for civilians who died during the last war and to commemorate the bravery of those who kept the London docks open throughout the blitz. The petition showeth that the most fitting and appropriate site to honour the suffering of east end civilians during the last war would be a memorial in a park setting, to provide a much-needed amenity for contemplation, education and recreation and access to the river for their surviving families and future generations. The petitioners pray that the House recognises that the bravery of east end civilians during the last war should be honoured by a memorial to be erected in a park setting on the last remaining open land fronting the Thames in Wapping, known as the Hermitage riverside close to Tower bridge, which was the entrance to the London docks.

To lie upon the Table.