Lest we forget

Remembrance Day parade and service at Eastbourne War Memorial. November 11th 2012 E45168N
Remembrance Day parade and service at Eastbourne War Memorial. November 11th 2012 E45168N

Remembrance Day events took place across East Sussex on Sunday as hundreds turned out to honour the war dead.

The sun shone as the people of Eastbourne gathered at the Flying Angel War Memorial in Cornfield Road. There was a parade by the Royal Air Force Association from Wish Road prior to the service in the town centre.

The Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Mike Thompson was among the many dignitaries to attend the main event.

Remembrance Day was also commemorated at many other churches across the town.

Hundreds of people gathered at the War Memorial in Seaford and wreaths were laid before the silence at 11am.

The town’s mayor Cllr Linda Wallraven attended with the Scouts, Guides and representatives from the Armed Forces.

Parade marshal Dick McCully led the group up to St Leonard’s Church after the two minutes’ silence for a service conducted by Rev Paul Owen.

Hailsham people of all ages gathered together to remember the war dead in the town centre.

Hundreds of people attended the annual event which took place at the War Memorial in the High Street.

Reverend Peter Clark, secretary of the Royal British Legion branch in Hailsham, said it was an extremely successful event with more than 400 people turning out in the sunshine to pay tribute.

He said, “People I have spoken to have said this year the most people ever.

“I also noticed there were lots of young people there which is really good to see.”

Rev Clark said cadets from Hailsham and the local Brownies, Guides, Scouts. Cubs, Rainbows and Beavers took part in the parade. He also said there were many members of the public who turned out in support.

He said, “It is very lovely to see young people.

“I think it is important because we mustn’t forget - if we forget we don’t learn.

“I think it is very important for the youngster to learn that we went to two world wars and there have been many other conflicts in between.”

Rev Clark said he was delighted to have active serviceman to lay a wreath this year. Sapper Sam Holter attended the War Memorial in Hailsham as the hundreds of residents remembered the war dead.

Rev Clark said it was the first time he had known an active serviceman be involved in the event in an official capacity.

He added, “We were really glad he was able to be there as it really added something special to the day.”

The service was attended by many of the towns dignitaries.