Remembering the day that changed the world forever

Lewes War Memorial
Lewes War Memorial

Lewes marked the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry to the First World War at a moving service of remembrance on Sunday morning.

Organised by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, it saw traffic come to a standstill and silence fall in the town centre.

Service ranks and a wreath-laying party marched from St Nicholas Lane to the War Memorial at the top of School Hill.

An eloquent introduction, prayer and the exhortation was delivered by the Rev Robert Bell before a short reading by Jack Stabler.

Bagpipes played as wreaths were laid by the Mayor of Lewes, Cllr Dr Micheal Turner (on behalf of Lewes Town Council), Lewes Royal British Legion President Jim Daly (on behalf of the Men’s Section), Birtha Rutley (Women’s Section), Des Foord (the Royal Artillery Association), Dave Gander (the Royal Sussex Association), Jack Stabler (the Royal Air Forces Association), Carol Rogers (the Naval Cadets) and Philip Kemp (the Army Cadets).

Simon Emberley, of Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass, played the Last Post and Reveille either side of a two-minute silence.

The Rev Bell then led the closing prayer.