Service to mark WWI in Lewes

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The Lewes branch of the Royal British Legion is staging a service of remembrance to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

It’s taking place on Sunday, August 3, when service ranks and a wreath-laying party will march from St Nicholas Lane at 10.58am to the War Memorial at the top of School Hill.

After an introduction, prayer and the exhortation by the Rev Robert Bell at 11am, there will be a reading by Jack Stabler.

Wreaths will then be laid, to the sound of bagpipes, on behalf of Lewes Town Council, the RBL men’s section, the RBL women’s section, the Royal Artillery Association, the Royal Sussex Association, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Naval Cadets and the Army Cadets.

The Last Post, played by Simon Emberley, will then be followed by a two-minute silence and Reveille.

Meanwhile, historian and former Mayor of Lewes Cllr Dr Graham Mayhew tells the poignant story of the town’s First World War casualties in a feature on page 44.