Members of a signals squadron who usually march to a Remembrance service at Maresfield have been forced to pull out of the event this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sergeant Major Jennifer Blackburn of 5 (Maresfield) Squadron 11 (Royal School Signals) Signals Regiment has told organisers that they have received orders that all visits by squadrons planned at Remembrance must be cancelled.
The sergeant major and the squadron’s commanding officer will still attend the service, which will be held outside on the village recreation ground.
They will be joined at the archway into Maresfield Park by dignitaries and the Rev Ben Sear for an official photograph at 10am and will walk down the street to the service.
A contingent of children from Bonners School will lay crosses during the Roll Call to honour The Fallen in Maresfield during the two World Wars.
One of the event organisers Angie Welton said it was disappointing that the signals squadron would not be able to attend as in previous years but their visit was another victim of the virus.
• Planning is still under way for Uckfield Remembrance services. Read more here: Pared back Uckfield Remembrance services likely.
• Ashdown Forest Centre have announced that they have reluctantly made the decision not to hold the Remembrance Sunday service at the Airman’s Grave on the forest this year.