Remembrance Sunday and Beacon Lighting
The Littlehampton Remembrance Sunday parade and service will take place on Sunday 11th November.
The parade will muster adjacent to the Town Clock in the High Street at 10:30 and march off at 10:45. A short service including the laying of the wreaths and two minutes silence will be held at the war memorial at 11am, the parade will then move to St Mary’s Church where another service will take place.
Any veterans wishing to march in the parade can obtain a copy of the parade orders from Littlehampton Town Council by calling 01903 732063, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from the reception at the Manor House (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm & Sat 10.30am-4.30pm).
Please note that road closures will be in operation on the following roads throughout the parade and service (10:30 till 11:15); Beach Road, Maltravers Road, St Catherine’s Road, East Street (junction with Church Street), Church Street, New Road. For the Return Parade Church Street will be closed from Fitzalan Roundabout to East Street between 11:50 and 12:30 with a short closure at the East Street crossing to allow the parade to pass into the High Street.
Speaking about the event, Chair of the Community Resources Committee, Councillor Ian Buckland said: ‘This is an event of great importance to our Town. I am pleased that so many veterans, uniformed organisations and members of the public attend Littlehampton’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service each year to ensure that no one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war’.
Beacons of Light
Littlehampton Town Council is also playing its part by holding a Beacon Lighting as part of Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
The Beacon Lighting event will take place on Littlehampton Seafront from 6pm on November 11th 2018. Events are also taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.
Littlehampton’s Beacon Lighting will begin at 6pm with the Mayor’s speech followed by a performance from the Littlehampton Sea Cadets Band at 6.05pm. At 6.30pm Reverend Martin Seymour of Littlehampton Baptist Church will read the Tribute to the Millions before local Scouts and Cadets take to the stage to read the names of the fallen at 6.35pm. At 6.55pm buglers will play the Last Post and at 7pm beacons will be lit throughout the Country in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Refreshments will be available from the 7th Littlehampton Scouts.
The Mayor of Littlehampton Cllr Billy Blanchard-Cooper said, “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”