Sun shines on Seaford’s day of remembrance

Wreaths are laid at the Remembrance Sunday service in Seaford. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonnor

Wreaths are laid at the Remembrance Sunday service in Seaford. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonnor

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CROWDS turned out in Seaford to pay their respects to the war dead on Remembrance Sunday.

Organisers were hoping for dry weather and their wish was granted when the sun shone for the day. Last year the community sheltered under umbrellas as the event was dogged by rain.

On Sunday people gathered at the town’s war memorial in the morning to watch Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven lay the first wreath.

She was followed by the Royal British Legion and other local organisations including Seaford Silver Band, the Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Association, the NPS Lions Club and the Lionesses along with Scouts and Guides.

Following a two-minute silence a parade led by Dick McCully marched down to St Leonard’s Church in Church Street.

There Reverend Paul Owen, who led a service at the War Memorial, also gave a service at the church.

Also at this year’s event an 18-year-old led the Army Cadets in the parade.

Cadet Colour Sergeant Templeman was given the special honour which is usually taken by a Detachment Commander.

The teenager, of Sussex Army Cadet Force No.2 (Seaford), was given special permission to carry out the role as he is leaving the cadets soon.

Cllr Wallraven said, “It was very well attended and it was certainly up from last year. It’s always nice to see a lot of youngsters as it’s not just our age or older and it was noticeable how many people of the younger generation were there. It went very well.”

Ken Jupp, chairman of the Royal British Legion Seaford branch, who also laid a wreath at the war memorial, added, “It was a fantastic turnout. There was bright sunshine and medals were shining.”

• On Tuesday a service took place at Seaford Cemetery in memory of the nearly 300 war dead, mainly Canadian and West Indian, who are buried in the town.

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