Rally Will Mark Centenary Of Wimbledon Refugee Event

Local residents to show their support for refugees

Just over 100 years ago, on 17 October 1914, hundreds of residents attended a meeting on Wimbledon Common called by the Wimbledon and Merton Refugee Fund.

Its purpose was to help Belgian refugees fleeing their country at the start of World War I.

Now the original rally is being marked nearly 100 years later with a rally at 6.30pm, on Friday 24 June at Rushmere Pond, Wimbledon Common.

The event will feature keynote speaker Lord Alf Dubs, child refugee campaigner and himself a wartime refugee.

Local church groups and residents will be attending to give their support to the ‘Merton Welcomes Refugees’ group.

June 23, 2016