Peacehaven war memorial could be ready for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

PLANS to build a war memorial in Peacehaven have continued to move forward following the creation of preliminary structural designs.

Peacehaven Town Council is hoping to have the long awaited war memorial finished in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer and Remembrance Sunday 2012.

At present the town is the only major coastal town in East Sussex without a war memorial where people can remember their relatives and give thanks for key role they played in saving our lives and ensuring that we enjoy all the freedoms we do today.

The modern design for the memorial features an impression of Peacehaven’s spectacular cliff tops.

Five memorial stones are set into the ground in front of a cliff top backdrop, representing the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force Army, the Merchant Navy and civilians and animals.  

The memorial, which is to be located in Merdian Park, has been made possible as a result of contributions made by local businesses.

Chandlers Building Supplies, which has offices throughout Sussex, is donating the materials for the memorial wall and will be liaising with their suppliers to provide other materials at cost or significantly reduced prices. 

Nigel Williams, sales office manager at Chandlers Ringmer branch said: “The design for the memorial encapsulates Peacehaven perfectly and is a very fitting way to commemorate all those who have given their lives in various conflicts over the years.”

Students from City College in Brighton, many of whom live in Peacehaven, will help to build and landscape the memorial.

The Co-Op Funeral Services and the Royal British Legion, which both have branches in Peacehaven, have also expressed an interest in becoming involved with the important community project.

Kevin Kingston, Peacehaven’s town clerk said: “Peacehaven is the only major town on the coastal strip between Eastbourne and Brighton without a war memorial so I speak on behalf of the town when I say that I am thrilled that plans are progressing.

“Peacehaven is very grateful to all the businesses who have contributed to the project so that residents can remember those that have fallen in the two world wars and more recent conflicts.

“We are hoping that the memorial will be completed in time for the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Remembrance Sunday.”