David Amess: James Duddridge recalls memories of MP
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Sir David Amess was stabbed to death while holding a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex on October 15. His death shocked the UK, raising questions on the safety of MPs. Now Southend will come together to pay their respects to Sir David this week.
Sir David’s death left the community of Southend reeling and raised questions over the safety of MPs.
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, has been charged with his murder and preparing terrorist acts.
The week following Sir David’s death, shopkeepers and residents in Southend held a moment of silence and released balloons in tribute.
Sir David, 69, was a Tory MP since 1983. He first served as MP for Basildon, before becoming Southend’s MP in 1997.
Here’s Sir David Amess’s funeral plan – date, venue and full schedule of timings.
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Date and venue
A funeral service for Sir David will take place on Monday, November 22 at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell.
A horse-drawn carriage will carry his casket through Southend, with residents able to pay their respects along the route.
The funeral itself is a private one, led by the Reverend Paul Mackay and Monsignor Kevin William Hale.
The service will start at 1pm and only Sir David’s family will be in attendance, with residents urged not to attend.
A special radio programme will be hosted by Dave Monk on BBC Essex remembering Sir David, starting at 12pm and including the memorial service.
Sir David was married with four daughters and a son, who have asked in lieu of flowers donations are made to charities Sir David supported.
These include; The Dog’s Trust, The Music Man Project, Prost8, Endometriosis UK, and the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue.
A second service will then take place at Westminster Cathedral in London on Tuesday, November 23.
Procession and timings
- 12.15pm – Church bells will toll
- 1pm – Memorial service begins
- 2.10pm – Memorial service ends
- 2.15pm – Procession will begin from East Street
- 2.20pm – Approximately the horse-drawn hearse will pause at the Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue and pause for a minute or so to allow people to pay their respects
- 2.35pm – Approximately the hearse will pause at Iveagh Hall, Leigh Road and will pause again for a minute or two before returning to the chapel of rest for the evening
Can residents pay their respects?
Southend residents who wish to pay their respects unfortunately will not be able to do so inside the church.
Instead, those wanting to be a part of Sir David’s funeral can stand along the procession route.
Anyone doing so is required to wear a face mask if they are able and respect social distancing measures.
There is also a Book of Condolence which is open for people to write a tribute to Sir David.
The book is located in the Jubilee Room at the Civic Centre in Victoria Avenue and will be available to sign until 7pm on Monday, November 22.
Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of Southend Council, said: “We understand residents want to pay their respects to our much-loved Sir David and although for security reasons, we are unable to invite the public into the church for the service, there are other ways for people to pay their respects.
“It will be an incredibly emotional day and although Sir David’s family are keen for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time, they understand there are many others in the City who knew and loved him.
“With that in mind, anyone who would like to listen to the service can do so on BBC Essex.
“Residents can also pay their respects by lining the streets of Southend as the hearse passes and writing in the Book of Condolence at the Civic Centre before it closes at 7pm.”
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