Town’s services to commemorate World War One

The Royal British Legion will take part in a 'Lights Out' remembrance service PNL-140730-124108001
The Royal British Legion will take part in a 'Lights Out' remembrance service PNL-140730-124108001

A Civic Service of Remembrance will take place on Monday (August 4) to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War One.

All are welcome to attend the event at St Mary’s Church, Old Town, and should arrive at 10.45am for the 11am service.

During Monday evening, the Redoubt Fortress will host an evening of quiet reflection from 8.30pm to 10pm, with readings and a performance by actor Simon Waterfield.

The Polegate Branch of the Royal British Legion is also holding a service to commemorate the declaration of the Great War on the August 4,1914. The service begins at 7pm at St John’s Church in Polegate. Refreshments will be served following the service.

In Hailsham, the commemoration service is on August 3. A parade and memorial service will be held involving more than 100 people. Organisations taking part will include the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association and Hailsham Town Council members, including the Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley.

The parade will gather at the Charles Hunt Centre car park at 10.25am. The 1066 Pipes and Drums Marching Band is to lead the parade of ex-service and serving personnel, local cadet forces and emergency service personnel along Vicarage Lane, down the High Street to the Hailsham War Memorial for the wreath-laying ceremony at 10.45am.

In Seaford, A Service to Remember will be held at St Leonard’s Church on August 3 at 6pm.

The Royal British Legion is asking the Eastbourne public to take part in the Lights Out initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Royal British Legion has brought together celebrities and veterans to ask the British public to take part in Lights Out, including Jeremy Paxman, Twiggy, David Gandy and Louis Smith. They feature alongside Chelsea Pensioners and Service personnel in a video to promote the initiative, which will complement a candlelight vigil taking place on the evening of Monday, August 4 at Westminster Abbey between 10 and 11pm.

For more information, including an interactive map, visit

- For more World War I commemoration, turn to Looking Back (pages 47, 48, 57 and 58).