Uckfield Royal British Legion secretary, Norman Mayers, was the first to douse a torch in memory of those who died in World War One

Uckfield’s flames of Remembrance

The flames of Remembrance flickered into the night as the Uckfield area commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 drew to a close.

The final ceremony tonight – Armistice Day, November 11 – took place at the Victoria Pleasure Ground; part of the national event, Battle’s Over.

Around 250 townspeople attended.

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In memory of those who have Fallen in battle

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Torch bearers waiting to douse their flames as a mark of respect to those who Fell from the Uckfield area in World War One

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A torch marking lives lost by the Uckfield area in World War One.

It was organised by Uckfield town councillors with the support of Bonfire society members and others.

Thirty torches were doused as the names of the Fallen from the Uckfield area were read by the Rector of Uckfield, Father John.

The Last Post was sounded at 6.55pm by a member of Uckfield Performance Ensemble, followed by two minute’s silence and the Last Post.

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Alight . . . Battle’s Over as Uckfield remembers.

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Uckfield beacon is alight, part of a chain across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

The beacon was lit at 7pm by town mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew; town councillor Mick Dean and two members of the ATC.

Uckfield Town Crier Ian Bedwell joined in the nationwide A Cry for Peace round the World.

The bells of Holy Cross Church then rang out joining more than 1,000 cathedrals and churches in a celebration of peace.

This afternoon, there had been a Remembrance parade through Uckfield High Street, followed by a service at Holy Cross Church.

This morning, Officers of the 5 (Maresfield) Signal Squadron, 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment, marched through Maresfield Park and to St Bartholomew’s Church for a Remembrance service.

There was also a brief ceremony at the Uckfield war memorial at 11-11-11.

A short service was also held at the Eugene Seghers memorial in Ridgewood.

The Exhortation and Kohima Prayer were given by Mick Dean.

Seghers, a Belgian pilot who flew with the RAF, died in 1944 defending Uckfield from an attack by a V-1 flying bomb.

A flame was lit at the memorial which burned into the night.

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The flame of Remembrance flickers at the Eugene Seghers memorial

Last night, the annual East Hoathly Bonfire took place, which every year commemorates those from the village who have Fallen in battle.

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