We all owe huge debt to the fallen says town Mayor


The Mayor of Hailsham, Jo Bentley, will lead the town’s tributes at this year’s Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial on Sunday, November 9.

It honours those who have given their lives in the armed forces and civilians who have made the supreme sacrifice.

Cllr Bentley will be joined by other councillors and representatives from the armed forces, their families and veterans for the playing of the Last Post, observance of a two-minute silence and laying of wreaths at 11am.

Prior to the service, there will be a parade of the Hailsham and District Standard, followed by veterans from the armed forces and local dignitaries together with Hailsham Army and Air Cadets, from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre in Vicarage Field.

The parade will assemble at 10.30am and proceed via Vicarage Road and the Old School onto the High Street, reaching Hailsham War Memorial at approximately 10.45am.

Urging people to take time out to remember the fallen, Cllr Bentley said, “This Remembrance Service is an opportunity for people to come together to remember the valiant service personnel from current and past conflicts, those who have put their lives on the line for their Queen and country.

“We all owe a huge debt to those who are currently serving in the armed forces and of course those who sadly didn’t return home and they should all be remembered in the true honour they deserve.”

There will also be a further service at Hailsham War Memorial on Tuesday, November 11, at 10.45am to commemorate Remembrance Day which will be conducted by the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

For further information on the forthcoming services, log on to britishlegion.org.uk or call 01323 440749.

Elsewhere, the Polegate branch of the Royal British Legion will meet at 10am at the RBL’s Polegate Club in Victoria Road on Sunday, March 9.

Members will march to St John’s Church at 10.15am for the Remembrance Service starting at 11am.

Anyone not wanting to march from the club must be at the church in the High Street and seated by 10.45am.

Remembrance Day, Tuesday, November 11, will be observed in Polegate with a service and wreath-laying at the War Memorial in Wannock Road starting at 10.45am.