City of Southend-on-Sea to pay tribute to Sir David Amess one year on

The City of Southend-on-Sea will pay tribute to the memory of Sir David Amess on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October.

Photograph of Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West for 24 years and a south Essex MP for nearly 40 years, was tragically murdered on 15 October 2021.

To mark the first anniversary of his death, a tree will be planted in his memory at Chalkwell Park from 11am on Saturday 15 October. The tree will be planted using compost from the many flowers that were left across the area in the days and weeks following his murder.

Councillors and MP’s will be joined by local faith leaders. The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Kevin Robinson will make a short speech on behalf of the local community. An ensemble from The Southend Band will perform during the event. Floral tributes are welcomed.

On Friday 14 October, Holy Mass will be offered at 7pm at Saint Peter’s RC Church, Eastwood Road North. All are welcome to attend. More details are available on our events page.

Cllr Stephen George, Leader of the Council, says: “A kind family man, Sir David was devoted to his local constituency of Southend West and was the greatest champion of Southend-on-Sea and local area."

“He is greatly missed and we hope that we can remember him in an appropriate way by planting a memorial tree at one of his favourite local parks.”

Cllr Tony Cox, Leader of the Conservative Group on Southend-on-Sea City Council, says: “It is hard to believe that it has been one year since that truly terrible day. Sir David was a great man, a great MP, a respected Parliamentarian and respected by his residents. It is only right that his legacy will live on forever thanks to the bestowing of city status in his honour."

“Our thoughts are still with his family and friends who are still grieving and trying to make sense of what happened. I only hope that the anniversary of his death will remind them of how loved he was, and that will provide some small comfort.”

The Worshipful The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Cllr Kevin Robinson, says: “Whilst we reflect on the awful and tragic events of 15 October 2021, we must also be thankful for the life that Sir David lived and the many lives that he touched and changed both locally and beyond."

“Southend-on-Sea would not be a City with the continued commitment of Sir David to make it happen, and as the first Freeman of the City of Southend-on-Sea, he will always be the most important part of our history as a City.”

Flags will be lowered to half-mast at the Civic Centre and Porters Civic House from Friday 14 until the morning of Friday 21 October, the day after councillors make tributes at Full Council.

Photo of Sir David Amess available on our Flickr site

Photos from 2021 Full Council tribute are available on our Flickr site

Published: 14th October 2022

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