Hailsham Remembrance Sunday

HAILSHAM: Remembrance service. 11-11-11

HAILSHAM: Remembrance service. 11-11-11

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HAILSHAM’S residents showed their respect for the fallen and turned out in their hundreds on Remembrance Sunday.

An impressive crowd of around 600 people attended a service of remembrance at Hailsham War Memorial and around 200 veterans and youth organisations took part in a parade through the town.

HAILSHAM: Remembrance service. 11-11-11

HAILSHAM: Remembrance service. 11-11-11

In addition to remembering those who have given their lives for their country in two world wars and other conflicts, the day also marked the 90th anniversary of Hailsham War Memorial and the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

Mike Weller, the chairman of the Royal British Legion, Hailsham and District Branch, told the Gazette, “All of the veterans who took part in the parade were very pleased with the public turnout.

“It seems to be getting better every year.

“Perhaps the present conflict is making people sit up and take notice.”

“Initially there was quite a sparse crowd and I walked to the top of the High Street to check that traffic wouldn’t be coming through.

“But when I came back down the High Street the town was filled with people, and not just older people but youngsters too.”

The service was taken by Rev David Bourne, the vicar of Hailsham, assisted by Rev Peter Clark, the branch padre of Hailsham’s Royal British Legion.

Mr Weller said a service to mark Armistice Day on Friday (November 11) was also very well-attended and he praised the town’s population for their donation’s to the town’s Poppy Appeal collections.

He said the street collections had been extremely successful and he hoped exceed last year’s total of £15,196.

• For more pictures view our Remembrance services slide show, or see this week’s Gazette and Herald newspapers.