Remembrance event saved for second year

The Lord lieutenant of East Sussex with Lt. Col. Richards, Geoff Broome, Cadets and members of the Eastbourne Ex-Services association
The Lord lieutenant of East Sussex with Lt. Col. Richards, Geoff Broome, Cadets and members of the Eastbourne Ex-Services association

For the second year in a row the Eastbourne Silver Band has come to the rescue of the town’s annual Remembrance Concert with support from the Eastbourne Ex-services Association.

Due to ever decreasing attendances, and increasing overheads, the original Eastbourne Remembrance Concert, a long-standing favourite event with the local residents and one that had, for many years, been held at the Congress Theatre, had to be discontinued.

The town band felt that such an important event should not be lost and so agreed that, from the limited funds available within the band, it would attempt to carry on this tradition by presenting its own free concert.

Organisers said this year was an even greater success with the venue again filled to capacity resulting in a few late arrivals having to stand.

Organiser Keith Marshall said, “Due to the kindness of Father Raglan and his congregation, the concert was as in the previous year, held at Our Lady of Ransom Church in Grange Road and was in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and Mrs Field, the mayor and mayoress, Colin Belsey, chair of East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd.”

“The theme of this year’s concert was the recognition of the civilian services that had worked so tirelessly and courageously for the town during the 1939-45 war period and representatives from several of those organisations were present including Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, St John Ambulance Brigade and the Marine Volunteer service. Representatives of the cadet forces also attended and the programme included both of popular and classical music and the afternoon concluded with the Parade of the Standards and a short period of remembrance and reflection.”

Photos of the town during the war years were displayed.