Memorials to be built in honour of Croydon tram crash victims

Two permanent memorials will be unveiled on the first anniversary of the Croydon tram derailment.

The memorials will be placed two locations in the borough, with a civic memorial in New Addington and another in honour of the seven people who lost their lives at Sandilands on November 9 2016.

A stone plinth at the Sandilands site will be inscribed with the names of those who died and the date of the incident, with seating installed to provide an area of reflection.

A second plinth with a carved inscription will also be installed in the centre of New Addington, with additional seating built around it. As at the Sandilands sites, saffron crocuses will be planted to create a floral display.

A ceremony will take place in New Addington on Thursday November 9, during which the permanent memorial will be unveiled. A minute’s silence will also be held as part of the ceremony and the public are are invited to attend.

Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: “Almost a year has passed since the tram derailment, but those who lost their lives, their families and others affected by this terrible incident are never far from Croydon’s thoughts. This tragedy had a big impact on Croydon and it is right two fitting memorials are in place because we will never forget.

“The civic ceremony will be the time to come together as a community to reflect and remember, and is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of the emergency services and all those who helped in the aftermath of the incident. I’d encourage anyone who wants to attend to join us in New Addington and show their support.”

The lasting tributes have been designed in consultation with the families of those who lost their lives and preparation works at both sites will begin this week.


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