Remembrance and Armistice Day well attended in Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven

Photo by Ellie Hoad

Photo by Ellie Hoad

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Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day was marked across Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven this week.

Unusually the weather stayed dry for the crowds on both days, with an increased number of onlookers.

Armistice Day in Seaford where the Canadian and West Indies servicemen buried in Seaford Cemetery are remembered. Photo by Kevin Gordon.

Armistice Day in Seaford where the Canadian and West Indies servicemen buried in Seaford Cemetery are remembered. Photo by Kevin Gordon.

The hoardes of onlookers was due to the 100th anniversary of Britain entering World War I.

Wreaths were laid, parades took place and services were held.

Remembrance Day in Seaford saw around 600 people attend the wreath laying and service held by the war memorial.

In Seaford twice the usual number of residents attended the cemetery on Tuesday November 11, which is one of the largest war graves in the South of England.

It contains 273 war graves, the majority of which are from the First World War and belong Canadian servicemen who died between 1916 and 1919, many during the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Amongst those at the event were Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cummings (Canadian military representative) and Neil Flannagan (West Indian ex servicemen and Eddie Bell (Irish Ex-Servicemen’s Association.)

A service was led by the Reverend Paul Owen of St Leonard’s Church, Seaford and Ken Jupp , the Chairman of Seaford Royal British Legion.

In Newhaven Remembrance Sunday was well attended by a large crowd of local people.

Organisers Newhaven Town Council said: “To everyone’s great relief, the heavy rain of the previous day and night had stopped by Sunday morning and the sun came out for the annual wreath laying and service at the Memorial Green, Newhaven.

“A large crowd of local people gathered to watch and to participate in the service and pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in time of war.”

Local school children read the names of the six Newhaven soldiers who died between August and December 1914 and planted crosses by the town memorial for each one.

At Remembrance Sunday in Peacehaven Brownies and Beavers were asked to throw a poppy at the War Memorial when reading out the names of those who died.

The service was conducted by the reverend Charlie Goring of the Church of the Ascension in Peacehaven and the laying of the wreaths was lead by the Mayors of Peacehaven and Telscombe.

An on Armistice Day around 150 residents, pupils and guests gathered in Meridian Park at the Peacehaven and Telscombe War Memorial to honour the fallen, at 11am on 11 November.

The firing of the maroon marked two minutes silence.