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Tree planting plan by council to remember important date

An oak tree is to be planted by Pagham Parish Council to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.


The occasion was agreed by the council’s members as the most fitting way of ensuring the date in early May was commemorated.


But the planting will be a low-key occasion to avoid the planning and time needed to arrange a public event.


The most likely site for the oak to be dug in at is the grassed area at the Sea Way and Pagham Road junction.


Cllr Peter Atkins, the parish council’s chairman, said: “It is a very visible site and it would be the third tree there and would not overcrowd the plot.”


The area is currently being used as a compound for equipment for gas pipe renewal works along Pagham Road.


The parish council is also looking to install a bench around the same time.


This would be a memorial to its former chairman, Ray Radmall.


Its likely location is the concrete area on the beach in front of Pagham Yacht Club once it has been cleared of shingle from the storms.


Council clerk Nichola Swann said Pagham Village Hall was booked for the bank holiday weekend to rule out using it as a venue for a community event.

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