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Town will show its respect at services

SERVICEMEN from Bognor Regis who died for their country are being remembered in a town shop’s window.

 

The sombre display at the Salvation Army outlet pays respect to those killed fighting in both world wars in the 20th century.

 

It is the first time the shop has staged a tribute for today’s Remembrance Day and Sunday’s commemoration. Volunteer Steve Hearn came up with the idea for the display. His manager, Bev Henderson, readily agreed.

 

The shop’s helpers put aside suitable clothes and Steve made a copy of the town’s Cenotaph and made the large poppies.

 

Bev said: “We don’t have a Halloween window because it’s a pagan event and on October 31 we start our Christmas displays usually.

 

“But, this year, Steve thought it would be a good idea to have a display for Remembrance and I readily agreed.

 

“It’s an important occasion and I think our display looks wonderful. A lot of customers come in and talk to us about us and how much they love it. It makes good use of the window.”

 

Today will see a short remembrance service at 11am at the town’s war memorial on the traditional Armistice Day.

 

Aldwick Parish Council is also holding a two minute silence at the same time at its war memorial in the Millennium Gardens on Pryors Lane.

 

The main civic services will take place on Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Bognor Regis Town Council has joined with the Royal British Legion’s Aldwick and District Branch to stage the annual occasion after the closure of the town’s Legion branch six months ago.

 

A parade of veterans and service and community organisations will start at 10.30am from the library in London Road and march through the town to the war memorial.

 

An attendance of many hundreds is expected to gather at 10.50am to pay their respects.

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