Community group holds silent vigil to mark 8/8 riots

A group of people of all ages and from all walks of life gathered in silence in Queen’s Gardens on Wednesday evening in the hope of a new vision for Croydon.

The Engage Croydon gathering in Queen’s Gardens on Wednesday evening

Three young people from the Tabula Rasa Project held a placard saying “One Croydon – One Vision” and other residents held notices that asked for decent affordable housing in our borough; an unpolluted, safe and clean environment; high literacy levels through good education and libraries; a place where arts, drama, culture and sport are nurtured; the best possible healthcare, free at the point of delivery; transparent and respectful governance; a peaceful borough where police are respected and crime reduced; and a better place to live for all our community.

The event was organised by a group called Engage Croydon, which wanted to stage a non-political event to mark 8/8, one year on.

Engage Croydon will organise a forum on “Diversity in our Community” in the autumn, and can be contacted at for more information or to offer help.

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1 Response to Community group holds silent vigil to mark 8/8 riots

  1. Considering that some people – including one or two MPs (not in Croydon) – predicted more riots this summer, it was a welcome relief to experience such a peaceful atmosphere during an event marking the anniversary of such a dreadful day.

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