PREPARATIONS under way in the Heathrow village of Harmondsworth to mark the centenary of the World War One.

A remembrance service will take place on Sunday in St Mary’s Church from 10-11.30am. as usual.

This year, residents are being invited to help plant 100 British Legion crosses at noon on the field of remembrance at Harmondsworth Village Green.

It is hoped to make this an annual event and next year 101 crosses will be planted. 

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Phil and Veronica Rumsey have been planning this event since May. Every man mentioned on the village war memorial has his own dedicated poppy in the High Street.

Residents have been asked to buy a lamp-post poppy in memory of a loved one for the church railings.

Pritpal Kaur, 67, has knitted handmade poppies to give out on the day.

The planting of the crosses will include an address from the Vicar of St. Mary’s, as well as songs from the Harmondsworth Primary School.

To close the event, the church bells will be rung.  No church bells were rung during WW1.  Ringing was resumed on November 11, 1918.