Remembrance events will be held in Uckfield and surrounding villages on Saturday and Sunday (November 11 and 12).
There will be an 11/11/11 armistice day commemoration on Saturday to mark the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front at 11am on November 11, 1918.
The first maroon will be fired near to the War Memorial at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, marking the start of two minutes’ silence to commemorate those who died in the two world wars and later conflicts.
Wreaths will be laid and there will be a short service.
On Saturday evening the East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society holds its annual remembrance parades.
As usual the villages’ war dead will be remembered with a two minutes’ silence, in the torchlight processions and the bonfire.
This year’s event will feature a 30ft-high image of a local private from the Royal Fusiliers, who was killed on the first day of the Battle for Messines Ridge in 1917. It is intended to honour the millions of ordinary foot soldiers who lost their lives in World War One.
On Remembrance Sunday, 42 members of the 11th Signal Regiment will march through Maresfield Park to the 10.45am morning service at St Bartholomew’s Church, Maresfield.
The squadron will march from the Manor House and through the Park Arch.
The service will be led by the Rev Nick Cornell and St Bartholomew’s ancient bells will toll the hour of 11am, and a two-minute silence will be observed and heralded by a bugler.
Wreaths will be laid at the church memorial.
The congregation will be supported by the full choir, and organist David Bailey who will play the fine and historic Walker 1890 organ.
The church will provide refreshments at the end of the service and the Rev Nick Cornell would like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to be part of this very special Remembrance Service.
Belgian Spitfire pilot
There will be a short service at the Eugene Seghers Memorial in the grounds of The Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, on Sunday morning, starting at 10.45am.
World War Two pilot Seghers died when his Spitfire exploded as he guided a German V-1 flying bomb away from Uckfield.
Read more about the unveiling of this memorial to the brave Belgian aviator who gave his life to prevent death and destruction in Uckfield.
The service at Little Horsted begins at 10.50 am on Sunday at St Michael and All Angels.
There is also an Act of Remembrance in East Hoathly at 10.55am on Saturday morning at the war memorial in East Hoathly Churchyard and allso during the service on Sunday at 10.45.
The main service of remembrance in Uckfield is on Sunday afternoon when the town’s annual Remembrance Parade will be followed by a service at Holy Cross Church.
The parade will form at the north end of Luxford Field car park and will proceed to Holy Cross Church for the Remembrance Service via Civic Approach, Uckfield High Street, and Church Street.
After the service and laying of wreaths, the parade will re-form and return to Luxford Field car park via Church Street, High Street and Library Way, where the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Louise Eastwood, will take the salute.
Wealden District Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Claire Dowling will be attending the Uckfield Remembrance Parade.
Parade route and times:
2pm Guests and participants meet at Luxford Field Car Park
2.25pm Form parade
2.35pm Parade departs for Holy Cross Church
3pm Remembrance Service at Holy Cross Church
3.50pm Exit church, wreath laying at memorial and the playing of the Last Post
4.10pm Parade reforms and returns to Luxford Field Car Park via Library Way where the Mayor of Uckfield will take the salute.
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