Remembrance services to take place in Eastbourne area

Ruthless memorial service at Butts Brow ENGSUS00120131006124127
Ruthless memorial service at Butts Brow ENGSUS00120131006124127

Eastbourne will hold various Remembrance events from Friday (November 6), through to the Armistice Day for a two minutes silence.

The events will be led by the Mayor of Eastbourne, with the Remembrance Service and Parade taking place on the morning of Sunday 8 November.

Eastbourne’s most military historic landmark, the Redoubt Fortress will observe the Remembrance with a small service on 6 November 6.

Doors will open at 10am ahead of a 10.30am service led by Reverend John Kimberly.

At 10.30am, Mr Barry Lane will give a reading of the Royal Sussex Regiment Order of Battle for Pinwe.

Following this, a presentation of the Legion d’ Honneur to Gordon Mackay will be made by Eastbourne’s Mayor, Councillor Janet Coles, for his bravery and service during the Second World War.

This will be followed Reverend Kimberley leading those in attendance the short distance to the Pinwe Memorial in the Pavilion Gardens. Here, a dedication all those who lost their lives at the Battle of Pinwe will take place.

The Battle of Pinwe took place 71 years ago in Burma. The Royal Sussex Regiment achieved its last battle honours before the end of World War Two.

The service will close with a one minute silence to honour the fallen.

All are welcome and encouraged to join in remembering those who gave their lives for future generations.

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Janet Coles said “Every year Eastbourne remembers the thousands of valiant soldiers who fought for the Commonwealth in World War One, World War Two and many conflicts since, and this year sees a number of commemorations taking place across the town.

“I encourage all to stand with myself, 
the town’s MP and councillors and representatives from the Armed forces this November, as we honour the people who have sacrificed their lives to save ours and future generations.”

On November 7, the Mayor will be meeting with some of the many poppy sellers around the town who work tirelessly every year to raise much needed funds for the Royal British Legion, supporting both old and young ex-service men and women.

On the Sunday morning (November 8), the annual Remembrance Day Parade, service and two minute silence will take place in Eastbourne, with the parade proceeding from the Arndale Centre at 10.15am. Eastbourne’s Mayor and the Civic Party will lead the parade to the Angel of War Memorial roundabout at the top of Cornfield Road.

The Service led by a salute from representatives of the Armed forces to the Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, will begin at 10.40am. The Mayor and Armed forces representatives will be joined by Mrs Caroline Ansell MP, members of the council, Reverend Kimberly, local voluntary groups and key figures within the community, who will join in with Remembrance Sunday commemorations across the Commonwealth. The parade is open to all in Eastbourne who wish to commemorate the fallen.

Later on Sunday, the mayor will join Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council for an afternoon service at the Ruthless Memorial on Butts Brow, Willingdon at 3pm.

On Armistice Day, the Mayor will be in the Arndale Centre to lead the two minute silence held throughout the country at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, signifying the end of the First World War in 1918. At the same time, the Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Jim Murray will lead the two minute silence during the War Memorial Housing Remembrance 
Service on Victoria Drive, which starts at 10.45am.

All commemorations from November 6 to 11 are open to the public and free to attend.

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