Eastbourne has paid a silent tribute to all those who have lost their lives in wartime conflict .
The town’s annual Service of Remembrance took place on Sunday, November 11 at the town centre war memorial where it also commemorated the centenary marking the end of the First World War.
It began with a parade from Terminus Road led by representatives from the military, ex-service personnel, emergency services and other organisations, along Cornfield Road towards the war memorial. Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Gill Mattock, Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and representatives from Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council also joined the parade.
A thanksgiving service was conducted by Father David Charles with musical accompaniment from the Eastbourne Citadel Salvation Army Band and the Scottish Pipe Bandand included a two minutes’ silence at 11am and the official wreath laying. The commemoration event will then conclude with the continuation of the parade by ex-military personnel past the war memorial via South Street.
Later that day the annual Ruthless Remembrance Service was also held at Butts Brow in the afternoon before a beacon lighting event at Butts Brow that evening.
Sunday’s event’s marked the end of a series of events and exhibits commemorating the end of WWI. This included a range of pavement panels located across the town displaying the stories of 130 of the soldiers who fought in WWI and an outdoor twilight projection, each evening at the Town Hall displaying the faces of Eastbourne soldiers who died in the Great War.