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Lockdown 2 Day 7: Remembrance Day in Ramsgate

Today I was honoured to be again the mayor’s official photographer for Ramsgate Remembrance Day. The services were pared back this year, because of Covid 19, but Raushan still laid a wreath at the Destiny War Memorial in Albert Gardens, and then another one at the war memorial in Ramsgate Cemetery. As did members of the Ramsgate Royal British Legion.

There is something incredibly poignant about Remembrance Day services. It seems to take place at an apt time of year, when winter is making itself known but hasn’t yet taken over. There is a fragility in the air, and a battle between life and death around you, which seems to match the occasion. Almost all of the participants this year were elderly, which makes the occasion more poignant. It reminded me of going to a funeral, when not only do you mourn those whom you have come to pay your respects to, but also those who were there at the last such gathering, and whose absence is now sadly noticed. But at the same time you’re happy to see those who have come, and to have survived another year yourself. So there is a blend of sorrow and joy. I love photographing the events. It reminds me of how my dream job would be to be a political photographer, capturing a leader during their period in office. I hope that one day Raushan becomes our Prime Minister – I know she would be a good one! And that she’ll remember me when she is.

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Lockdown 2 Day 4 Remembrance Sunday

This is a bit of a cheat picture as it was actually taken at last year’s Remembrance Day service in Ramsgate. There wasn’t an official service this year because of Lockdown so I thought I’d recycle an old one. It isn’t your usual sombre Remembrance Day picture, taken while the soldiers were waiting outside the church to parade through town. I like it because it just seems so real and it reminds you that the people who choose to fight for us are real people, whatever their rank. (It feels a bit strange seeing people so close together looking at the image now. But of course we were all oblivious to the silent enemy of Covid 19 then.