WWI commemorated with church service in Newhaven

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Residents in Newhaven gathered at St Michael’s Church on Sunday August 10 to remember those who died in World War I.

The service was organised by the Newhaven branch of the Royal British Legion and was attended by dignitaries from the Canadian High Commission.

The High Sheriff of East Sussex, the deputy Lord Lieutenant Hugh Burnett, the chair of East Sussex County Council and the mayor of Newhaven Judith Ost were amongst the guests.

Chair of the Newhaven branch of the Royal British Legion Ann King said: “It went extremely well.

“It was very well supported.”

The service was attended by more than 100 people. There were readings, hymns and a bugle duet played by Adam and Christine Kearly, which they had written themselves.

The exhortation was carried out by Ann King with the president of the branch Keith Baker.

A total of six standards were present at the service which took place in the morning from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

It remembered the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

After the service many of the people who took part, moved on to the Dieppe Raid commemorations which were taking place in the afternoon at Huggets Green.

A parade was staged through the town and dignitaries and veterans gathered to place wreaths on the town’s War Memorial just off the A259.

Many soldiers sailed out from Newhaven during WWII to take part in the raid.