Slideshow: ‘We will remember them’ - South Wealden remembers those who gave their lives at war

Hundreds of people turned out in Hailsham on Sunday (November 9) to remember those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.

Hailsham Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley led the tributes at this year’s Service of Remembrance at the town’s war memorial.

Hailsham remembrance

Hailsham remembrance

She was joined by other councillors and representatives from the armed forces, their families and veterans for the moving service.

People gathered around the war memorial in their dozens for the playing of the Last Post.

The mayor and other local dignitaries laid the wreaths at the war memorial at 11am.

The crowd bowed their heads in respect for a two minute silence to remember those who gave their lives in the wars and those who are still fighting today.

Prior to the service there was a parade of the Hailsham and District Standard followed by veterans of the armed forces, and local dignitaries together with Hailsham army and air cadets.

The parade set off from the car park adjacent to the Charles Hunt Centre in Vicarage Field and then proceeded up Vicarage Road and the Old School onto the High Street.

It then marched to the war memorial for the moving service.

Remembrance Services took place throughout Wealden on Sunday. And towns and villages marked Armistice day on Tuesday (November 11) to commmemorate the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when at 11am a ceasefire was declared on the Western Front during the First World War.

Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council honoured its proud tradition of Remembrance with a parade led by the Kingfisher Scout Band, members of the Willingdon Branch of the Royal British Legion, parish councillors, piper Ian White, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Brownies. It was followed by a packed service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Willingdon, led by Father Kevin Agnew.

In the afternoon, Father Kevin Agnew led the service at the Ruthless Memorial, Butts Brow, (pictured) organised by the Willingdon Branch of the Royal British Legion where they were joined by chairman of the Parish Council John Pritchett, MP Stephen Lloyd, the Mayor of Eastbourne Cllr Janet Coles, members of the parish council and members of the public.

Dozens of people also turned out for the remembrance service at Alfriston’s war memorial on Sunday.

There was a Remembrance Day service and wreath laying at the war memorial in Wannock Road, Polegate, on Tuesday (November 11).

The Union Jack flag was also flown at Wealden District Council’s offices in Hailsham to mark the event and a two minute silence was held for staff to pay their respects.