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Events are taking place around town to recall WWI’s armistice

REMEMBRANCE weekend will provide plenty of chances for Bognor Regis area residents to pay their respects to those who fought in the First World War.

 

In the town, the annual Remembrance Sunday will take place at 10.50am at the war memorial in Clarence Road. It will be followed by a special occasion at the seafront beacon from 6.45pm.

 

A lone piper will play Battle’s O’er, the Last Post will be played and the beacon lit at 7pm to join a chain of the fires around the country in a tribute called Beacons of Light to signify the light of peace that emerged from four years of war.

 

Straight afterwards, town crier Jane Smith will perform Cry For Peace Around The World as one of more than 140 town criers nationally. This will be followed by a lantern-lit procession along Church Path to St Mary Magdalene Church for a recitation of the names of the 104 men from the parish who died in the First World War.

 

Volunteers to carry a lantern and read a name should contact the Rev Tim Crook on 01243 697596.

 

Felpham Village Conservation Society has arranged a series of special events to mark remembrance weekend this year.

 

Its history group members have researched the history of some of the area’s men who died in the war.

 

The results of their work will be show from 2pm-4pm tomorrow in the Felpham Memorial Village Hall in Vicarage Lane.

 

Also taking place at the same time will be a cream tea with table service in the Lyons Tea House-style of the period.

 

The waitresses will recreate the Nippies for which the businesses were famous. The teas cost £5 each. Tickets are available from Felpham post office in Felpham Road.

 

On Sunday, memorial walks will take place at 11.15am and 12.30pm from St Mary’s Church, weather permitting, following a map of homes and sites where some of the servicemen lived.

 

The church is also staging a commemoration event at 3pm on Sunday with music, refreshments and singing.

 

Aldwick Parish Council’s remembrance service will take place at 11am on Sunday in its millennium garden in Pryors Lane. The council has also installed a second Silent Soldier.

 

It has been placed at West Park at the junction of Silverston Avenue and Marine Drive West at the suggestion of parish councillor Jan Rufey.

 

She said: “It’s important that all the parish of Aldwick remembers those who lost their lives in the First World War.

 

“People who enter Aldwick from The Waverley are able to see the silhouette. The fact poppies are blooming in the meadow behind it makes the tribute even more poignant.”

 

Behind the silhouette from the Royal British Legion is one of the 18 wildflower meadows sown for the war’s centenary.

 

The meadows were created by Arun District Council. Cllr Paul Wotherspoon, its cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “This is a significant year, marking as it does the end of World War One in 1918.

 

“Therefore, it is incredibly important we commemorate the centenary year with these fantastic floral tributes.”

 

Some of the other meadows are in Marine Park Gardens, Hotham Park and Bersted Park.

 

Middleton resident Tim Bell has a first-hand account of the war to hand.

 

He owns several bound volumes of The War Illustrated with its eye-witness accounts of the conflict’s battles.

 

The weekly publication of 24 pages – a picture-record of events by land, sea and air – was issued throughout the war from 1914 to 1918.

 

Mr Bell said: “I remember buying these volumes at a fete when I was 11 and I’m now 77. I wanted to own a museum when I was younger, which is why I bought them.”

 

The magazine, which cost 6d (2.5p), detailed the fighting a few weeks after it had taken place.

 

Typical of the writing is this paragraph: “On this battle-front alone (Martinpuch in 1916), the Germans had about 1,000 cannon against the British, but the spirit of victory was so hot in our men that their officers had difficulty in keeping them back.”

 

Ten bound volumes of The War Illustrated were published.

 

Volunteers at a Bognor Regis charity shop have transformed one of its windows into a First World War tribute.

 

Among the eye-catching items in the Salvation Army outlet in the Queensway is a dress made of red cardboard poppies.

 

Mary Sullivan stitched all the several hundred poppies on to a clothes dummy.

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