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In pictures: Poignant interfaith Highgate Remembrance Service brings traffic to halt as children honour their ancestors

PUBLISHED: 13:14 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 13 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday saw a minutes' silence observed. Picture: Polly Hancock

Remembrance Sunday saw a minutes' silence observed. Picture: Polly Hancock

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A special interfaith Remembrance Sunday parade in Highgate saw attendees from across faiths and generations join together to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the First World War.

George Trollope (7), Josh Oakes (8) and Teddy Trollope (5) wore their great-grandfather Louis Frederick Oakes medals at the Highgate Remembrance Sunday ceremony. Picture: Polly HancockGeorge Trollope (7), Josh Oakes (8) and Teddy Trollope (5) wore their great-grandfather Louis Frederick Oakes medals at the Highgate Remembrance Sunday ceremony. Picture: Polly Hancock

After a service at St Michael’s Church, the congregation processed through Highgate to Highgate School’s chapel where a number of community figures laid wreaths. 
Traffic through Highgate was briefly stopped for a two-minute silence at 11 o’clock.

The service was led by the Rev Kunle Ayodeji of St Michael’s and the Rev Rachel Weir, Highgate School chaplain.

Highgate Synagogue’s Rabbi Nicky Liss also gave a moving recitation of the Memorial Prayer in both Hebrew and in English while wearing the medals earned by his grandfather serving in the British Army in the Second World War.

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the great-grandchildren of one of its combatants were proudly wearing his medals.

Reverend Rachel Weir and Reverend Kunle Ayodeji conclude the Remembrance Sunday service at Highgate School chapel. Picture: Polly HancockReverend Rachel Weir and Reverend Kunle Ayodeji conclude the Remembrance Sunday service at Highgate School chapel. Picture: Polly Hancock

Louis Oakes served in the Royal Navy, having been drafted at the age of 16 to serve on HMS Repulse, and, on Sunday, George and Teddy Trollope and Josh Oakes all proudly displayed his medals.

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