COMMUNITIES across the Midhurst and Petworth area gathered at their war memorials today, Armistice Day (Wednesday November 11) to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives serving their country.
There were short acts of Remembrance at the war memorials at Midhurst and Petworth at 11am where people gathered and held two minutes silence.
There was also a ceremony at Midhurst Rother College.
On Sunday Margaret Johnston, deputy lieutenant of West Sussex laid the first wreath at Midhurst war memorial before the Remembrance service. Wreaths were also laid by Captain Michael Gordon Lennox, president of the Midhurst Royal British Legion and Brigadier Arthur Douglas-Nugent, chairman of the poppy appeal.
Chairman of Midhurst Town Council John Etherington laid a wreath and more were laid on behalf of the Royal Marines, the Royal Sussex Regiment and organisations in the town.
At Petworth the parade, led by Petworth Town Band, marched to St Mary’s Church. It comprised veterans from all three services, including Lewis Golden, president of the Petworth Royal British Legion Branch, and representatives from the uniformed services including Sussex Police, the fire service and the Red Cross, together with pupils from Petworth Primary School and the Scout Group, all of whom laid wreaths at the war memorial.
Wreaths were also laid by town council chairman Chris Kemp and Paul Bibbey for the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion. Further wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association and town organisations.
The service at Ferbnhurst started at the recently-restored war memorial and continued in the church.
The Last Post was played by Matthew Payne and the Kohima address quoted by retired Royal Naval commander Keith Evans.
Wreaths were laid by parish council chairman Heather Bicknell, Iain Brown, Commander Evans, Pete and Sonya Thomas, the Fernhurst Scout Group.
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