Littlehampton paid its respect to the fallen on Sunday 12 November as local uniformed groups, veterans and dignitaries were present to lay wreaths and attend a service as part of the Remembrance Sunday event organised by Littlehampton Town Council.
The parade, led by Russell Hayler of the 1087 (Arun Valley) Squadron, Air Training Corps mustered by the clock tower in the High Street before marching down Beach Road towards the War Memorial. Father Mark Williams conducted the service included a Prayer of Remembrance and the Lord’s Prayer. Richard Jeffrey of the Nautical Training Corps and Littlehampton Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club read the Act of Remembrance and the Kohima Epitaph either side of The Last Post and Reveille.
In attendance and laying wreaths alongside the Town Mayor Councillor Freddie Tandy, were the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Gary Shipton and Chair of Arun District Council, Alison Cooper. All Littlehampton uniformed groups paid their respects with leaders from each section laying wreaths alongside representatives of the Emergency Services and local groups.
Father Mark Williams conducted a service at St Mary’s Church which was attended by uniformed groups and dignitaries, many of whom visited the New Millennium Chamber at Manor House for refreshments afterwards.
The Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor Freddie Tandy said: “Thank you to everyone who participated in or observed our Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service this morning. Despite much comment and speculation of disruption nationally, I am so proud of how respectfully and universally the silence and laying of wreaths was observed here in Littlehampton. We always remember with humility the sacrifice made in their today for our tomorrow, and cherish the liberties and opportunities we enjoy because of them. We also thank members of the public for supporting and donating to the Poppy Appeal.’’