We will remember them - Remembrance service in Hailsham and Willingdon

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Hundreds of people gathered at war memorials across the Wealden district on Sunday (November 10) to remember those who gave their lives in both world wars.

In Hailsham people lined the streets as a parade marched through the town before a two minute silence was held at the war memorial.

Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, placed a wreath at the memorial to remember those who lost their lives in the conflict.

Members from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Airforce Association, Veterans, the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, St Johns Ambulance, Beavers, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Guides all attended the service. There were also representatives from Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

Tina Calvert, from 249 Hailsham Squadron Air Training Corps, said: “It was a brilliant day. “The weather was superb and the town was packed with people all the way around.

“There was superb support and there was quite a mixture of ages.”

Speaking last week, Cllr Bentley said the service gave the community a chance to come together and show thanks to those who gave their lives.

She added: “Remembrance Sunday also provides a special focus on remembering those who are still on active service around the world and their families.”

In Willingdon a service was held at St Mary the Virgin Church.

A parade led by the Kingfisher Scout Band, members of the Willingdon branch of the British Legion and Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council marched to the church.

Chairman of the parish council, Cllr John Pritchett, said: “We, as usual, had a brilliant turn-out at our Remembrance Service and an exceptionally good turnout from the 1st and 2nd Willingdon Scout groups, Cubs, Beavers, Downs District Brownies and St John Ambulance Brigade.”

Curtis Maloy, his wife Sheila and daughter Summer travelled all of the way from Alabama in America to be at the service, and attend the annual afternoon service for the American airmen who died when their plane Ruthless crashed at Butts Bow in 1942..

Mr Maloy lost his great uncle Aubrey Maloy.

John Hemmingway carried the British Legion flag, Andrew Martin the Union Standard and his brother Luke Martin played the Last Post and Reveille.

Hailsham Remembrance pictures by Mark O’Callaghan.

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