Seaford: Parade hoping for good weather

Last year's service was a wet affair.
Last year's service was a wet affair.

ORGANISERS are hoping for dry weather as people turn out to pay their respects to the war dead on Remembrance Sunday in Seaford.

Last year hundreds wrapped up and donned umbrellas as it continuously rained throughout the event.

The day begins in Seaford at 10.30am with a gathering at the War Memorial before the laying of the wreaths at 10.40am.

Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven is first in line to lay a wreath. She will then be followed by local organisations including Seaford Silver Band, the Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Association, the NPS Lions Club, the Lionesses along with Scouts and Guides.

Ken Jupp, chairman of the Royal British Legion Seaford branch and who will also be laying a wreath, said, “For the past two years we have been drowned so we’re hoping it will be a dry turnout this year.

“We normally expect at least 400 people to attend. Since Afghanistan we’ve been seeing it as it is by the minute, with bodies coming back and I think it’s brought it home to people.

“The community is very generous in their support of the legion and the work it does.”

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

Reverend Paul Owen, who will lead a service at the War Memorial, will also give a service at the church.

On Tuesday November 15 there will also be a service beginning at 10.40am at Seaford Cemetery.

This will be in memory of the nearly 300 hundred war dead, mainly Canadian and West Indian, who are buried in the town.