London mayor Sadiq Khan joins a poignant service marking the 80th anniversary ...

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() London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined world leaders for a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, which was triggered when Hitler's Germany invaded Poland.  

Chancellor Angela Merkel and US vice president Mike Pence are also expected at ceremonies in Warsaw later today, to mark the anniversary, while London's mayor attended the anniversary observance at the Westerplatte memorial in Gdansk, where the first clash between Nazi German and Polish forces took place.

The mayor, who was invited by Gdansk's mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, said he was in the city to 'bang the drum' for London and 'make a positive case' for tolerance and inclusion in London and across Europe.

Poland is one of the countries to have suffered the most during the war, losing an estimated fifth of its population before being forced behind the Soviet iron curtain until 1989, when its imposed communist government collapsed.

London mayor Sadiq Khan standing next to the vice president of the European commission, Frans Timmermans (3rd left) and the mayor of Gdansk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz (4th left) at the ceremony in Gdansk this morning

London mayor Sadiq Khan standing next to the vice president of the European commission, Frans Timmermans (3rd left) and the mayor of Gdansk Aleksandra Dulkiewicz (4th left) at the ceremony in Gdansk this morning

The London mayor was pictured  standing next to the vice president of the European commission, Frans Timmermans, and the mayor of Gdansk, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz in Gdansk, where liberal city authorities are holding similar ceremonies to those held by the right-wing government in Warsaw.

They are taking part in parallel ceremonies, held by the city's liberal authorities, to those in Warsaw, which have been organised by the right-wing government.

Ceremonies began at 4am (2am GMT) in the small town of Wielun, where the first bombs were dropped on the country. Polish president Andrzej Duda made a speech with Germany's president Walter Steinmeier.

US president Donald was also meant to fly to the ceremony, but abruptly cancelled his trip due to a hurricane.

The London mayor has said he is on a two-day visit to the country to demonstrate that the British capital will always be open for business and investment.

In a statement, he said he wanted to 'bang the drum' for London

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