Bench honours memory of popular Dunkirk veteran

Family and friends at the unveiling of the memorial seat for Geoff Dent

Family and friends at the unveiling of the memorial seat for Geoff Dent

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A MEMORIAL bench for a popular man who died in 2010 has been unveiled in Pevensey.

Friends and family of Geoff Dent gathered outside the Royal Oak and Castle Pub to celebrate the new memorial seat.

Geoff, 92, from Montague Way in Westham, had lived in the area for many years until his death in November 2010.

He was chairman of Pevensey Town Trust and curator for the Old Court House museum in the village after serving with the Royal Army Corps between 1939 and 1946. He was a Dunkirk veteran and spent time in Egypt before returning to the UK.

Geoff moved to Westham in 1960 and opened a general store in Westham High Street with his wife Fiona. At the same time, he was serving as a firefighter at the retained fire station in Pevensey.

Geoff was dedicated to promoting the history of the area and was a popular villager.

His friends and family attended the unveiling of the bench and shared their memories of Geoff on Saturday (February 11). Geoff’s granddaughter Isobel cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the occasion.