Memorial event for tram crash to be held at New Addington

The second anniversary of the Sandilands tram derailment will be marked at a civic ceremony in New Addington next week.

Seven people died and many more suffered life-changing injuries at Sandilands in 2016

Croydon Council has organised a short event at Central Parade in New Addington at 11am on Friday November 9.

The event will be attended by the Mayor of Croydon, Bernadette Khan, and will include those directly affected by the derailment, as well as representatives of agencies, charities and volunteers who helped in the aftermath.

More than 60 people were injured and seven – Dane Chinnery, Donald Collett, Robert Huxley, Philip Logan, Dorota Rynkiewicz, Philip Seary and Mark Smith – died  after an early-morning tram from New Addington derailed near Sandilands station on November 9, 2016.

Members of the public wishing to attend the memorial event are invited to arrive in the market square at 10.30am. The commemoration, based around the inscribed memorial plinth installed last year, is expected to last up to half an hour.

It will include a one-minute silence, floral tributes being laid at the memorial and a performance by the Fairchildes Primary School choir.

Market day will be held as usual in the market square, but an area will be set aside for those attending the commemoration.

St Edward King and Confessor Church in Cleves Crescent, New Addington, will also hold a short memorial service on the same day, at 5pm. Its doors will open at 4pm and people will be available to talk to. Tea and coffee will also be available.

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