Friendship agreement signed with Canada
Published Thursday, 7 March 2019
An historic friendship agreement between Thunder Bay, Canada and the London Borough Bromley has been signed today.
Councillor Colin Smith, Leader of Bromley Council, said, “One hundred years on, Orpington hospital’s Canada and Mackenzie wings remain proud and deeply poignant reminders of Orpington’s historical connection with Canada and its brave servicemen. Today’s friendship agreement is designed to ensure that connection not only endures, but grows ever more strongly moving to the future. As the generations who actually remembered what happened pass on, we must re-double our effort to never forget. That spirit of commemorative remembrance, mindful of the enormous sacrifices made, is central to the formal hand of friendship we are extending in the agreement with our friends from Thunder Bay.”
The event will continue tomorrow (Friday 8 March) at 10am with a visit to All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington and a short service at Canadian Corner where 88 Canadian soldiers who died at the hospital are buried. This will be followed by a visit to Orpington Hospital where the Mayor will unveil a plaque commemorating the friendship agreement. After this, the Canadian delegation will visit Biggin Hill Airport and the Memorial Museum at the St Georges Chapel of Remembrance, where there is a permanent remembrance to Canadian pilots who were based in Biggin Hill during World War II.
Notes to editors:
- In 1921 a cross of sacrifice was erected at Canadian Corner which became the first Canadian war cemetery in the UK maintained by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
- Since then, a ceremony has been held there on Remembrance Day each year attended by the Canadian High Commission.
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