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Olympic military farewell ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens

Olympic military farewell ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens

Eight hours before the official London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony Wapping had it’s own – complete with the band of the Royal Marines and Oscar winning actress and local resident Dame Helen Mirren.

The event hosted by Tower Hamlets Council was to say ‘thank you’ to the military personnel who have been based at Tobacco Dock and community volunteers for their work during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Local residents made the most of the sunshine and enjoyed the music of the Royal Marines in Wapping Rose Gardens:

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets words reflected on the speed with which the 2,500 troops based at Tobacco Dock had plugged the gap left by the failure of the private sector firm G4S.

Commodore Martin Atherton, Royal Navy, reflected on the success of the Olympic Games and the way in which Londoner’s had been pleasantly surprised meeting service personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force as they performed their duties.

After inspecting the assembled troops and meeting community volunteers Mayor Rahman and Commodore Atherton announced the signing of a community covenant by Tower Hamlets Council to encourage local residents and organisations to support the armed forces in the area.

After the formal ceremony and march off by the Royal Marines band, troops and volunteers enjoyed a curry sitting in the sunshine while Dame Helen Mirren proved just as popular as she signed autographs and posed for photographs with both troops and residents:

Dame Helen Mirren poses for photographs with military troops in Wapping Rose Gardens

Dame Helen Mirren poses for photographs with military troops in Wapping Rose Gardens

The Olympic farewell ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens

The short ceremony began with the arrival of the Royal Marine (Portsmouth) band

The short ceremony began with the arrival of the Royal Marine (Portsmouth) band

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

Ceremony for Tobacco Dock armed forces and community workers in Wapping Rose Gardens - 12 August 2012

 

LBTH Mayor Lutfur Rahman thanking the troops with Lt Col RAC Askew (centre)

LBTH Mayor Lutfur Rahman thanking the troops with Lt Col RAC Askew (centre)

 

Community volunteers watch the military ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens

Community volunteers watch the military ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens

 

Speeches were given by Commodore Martin Atherton (RN) and LBTH Mayor Lutfur Rahmen

Short speeches and words of thanks from Commodore Martin Atherton (RN) and LBTH Mayor Lutfur Rahmen

 

Wapping residents enjoy the photo opportunities with the Tobacco Dock troops

Wapping residents enjoying the photo opportunities with the Tobacco Dock troops

 

Tobacco Dock Olympic troops, Helen Mirren, Lutfur Rahman and public service workers in Wapping Gardens

Tobacco Dock Olympic troops, Dame Helen Mirren, LBTH Mayor Lutfur Rahman and public service workers in Wapping Gardens

 

A summer like no other

2012 is certainly ‘a summer like no other’ – and one that Wapping will not forget. What’s in Wapping would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

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  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    The event was organised by Tower Hamlets a couple of days before. It wasn’t publicised as a public event but we were sent a letter from a resident living nearby telling them about short road closures and the ceremony in Wapping Rose Gardens – so we shared the information as soon as we had it

  • Spence

    I don’t know who organised this or whether members of the public were welcome but I live directly alongside Rose gardens and I never saw anything advertising the event anywhere!