Wealden remembers

Uckfield remembrance
Uckfield remembrance

At 11am on both Sunday November 9 and Tuesday November 11 Wealden fell silent for two minutes to mark the centenary of the British entry into World War I and the subsequent mounting list of casualties.

The names of those young soldiers, sailors and airmen from towns and villages are engraved on war memorials across Britain. And in Sussex, where most country folk were employed on the land, the death tolls were tragically high and often engulfed whole families.

In Uckfield, the Remembrance Parade formed in Luxford Field car park and at 2.30pm the parade departed for Holy Cross Church via Uckfield High Street and Church Street, accompanied by stirring music from the Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

After the Remembrance service, wreaths were laid at the War Memorial and the Last Post played. Then the parade re-formed and returned to Luxford Field via Church Street, Uckfield High Street and Library Way where Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith took the salute. Guests were then invited into the Civic Centre for refreshments by courtesy of Uckfield Town Council.

On Tuesday, November 11 there was a short service at the War Memorial at 11am and maroons were fired. Villages and towns across the district also staged their own ceremonies.

In Heathfield, members of East Sussex County, Wealden District and Heathfield and District Parish councils joined the congregations at All Saints Church, Old Heathfield, and All Saints Church, Waldron, for services and the laying of wreaths.

In Buxted members of the British Legion and youth groups from the village paraded from 10am to St Margaret’s Church, Buxted Park, where a service took place and the Last Post was played.

In Crowborough a Remembrance Service was held at St Michael and All Angels Church, Jarvis Brook.

From 10.30am on November 9 members of Wealden District Council travelled across the district to commemorate the memories of those who gave their lives.

Council leader cllr Brian Redman said: “With 2014 marking the centenary of the start of World War 1 it is a very poignant time to reflect on, remember and honour those who have lost their lives defending our country. We should also think of those who are risking their lives in service of Great Britain today – the risks and sacrifices are as great as they have ever been.”

The chairman attended the service at All Saints Church, Crowborough, and laid a wreath.