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A weekend of remembrance for area

By Lotte Pegler
lotte.pegler@sussexpost.co.uk

 

Communities from across the Post area gathered to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

 

More than 100 people came together in Aldwick on Monday to commemorate the residents of the village who died in the First and Second World War, as well as those who have died in conflicts since.

 

Cllr Lilian Richardson, chairman of Aldwick Parish Council, led the ceremony with fellow parish councillor, Cllr John Bass. “It gives the community a chance to get together,” she said.

 

“Some of our residents are of an age where they had close relatives killed in the war so it’s all very meaningful.

 

“It’s a little event so they are celebrating people in Aldwick. They turn up year on year and give us support. We’re very proud.”

 

Cllr Bass said: “In my opinion, Aldwick is the jewel in the crown. You can see that from how many people came today, and how many come every year.

 

“We hold our remembrance service every year on 11/11.

 

“We invite all members of the public to our service as well as asking representatives from the army, armed forces, British Legion, People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals and TS Montrose. We have lots of local organisations involved.

 

“I organise it when I can. I have lived here for 47 years and I’m the founder of the Willowhale Farm Residents Association. I have been a councillor for 15 years.”

 

As well as residents, local groups came together to join in on the ceremony.

 

Garry Price attended the event with the TS Montrose group.

 

He said: “We come every remembrance, rain or shine, because Aldwick Parish Council has supported us so much financially.

 

“We meet up as a group for a couple of hours a week and the cadets do all sorts of things. It keeps them off the streets.”

 

Garry is also the bell ringer for the service.

 

The previous day saw more than 100 people gathered to show their respect at the war memorial in Eastergate.

 

District councillor Christopher Hughes (Barnham) attended the event. He said: “So many people sacrificed their lives in the last two world wars and indeed have continued to do so in more recent conflicts. And continue to do so that individuals are able to have freedom; something I believe in this country we take for granted.

 

“Therefore, it is the least we can do is to reflect and remember the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf.

 

Cllr Michael Warden, from Aldingbourne Parish Council, was also at the ceremony, and placed a wreath.

 

He said: “I have always been in the Scouts and Cubs. I was in the Territorial Army when I was a youngster.

 

“Members of my family have been in the forces and I have always been a great believer in being a good patriot for your family. I think there’s many people who do forget that, so events like these are important.” As a resident of Aldwick, Cllr Warden also attended the ceremony on Monday.

 

Pupils from Barnham Primary School also took part, placing their own wreath. Imogen Eade, Year 6, said: “I felt honoured at the opportunity to represent Barnham Primary School and The Red Cross.

 

“I felt excited about laying the wreath, also worried that I might trip over!

 

“Luckily, it was a great success and I felt proud.”

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