Uckfield’s war dead were honoured this afternoon (November 12) with a Remembrance Sunday parade and church service.
The parade was led by Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, accompanied by other members of the town council, county and district councillors.
Members of the Royal British Legion, Sussex Police, the fire service, St John Ambulance, Uckfield ATC, other young people’s uniformed organisations, representatives of town groups, plus townspeople also took part, with musical accompaniment from Uckfield Performance Ensemble.
The walk to Holy Cross Church began in the Luxford car park and went via Civic Approach, the High Street and Church Street.
Wreaths were placed on the war memorial.
Afterwards, the parade re-formed to return to the car park when Cllr Eastwood took the salute.
Spitfire pilot honoured
Earlier in the day, the town mayor had been at the memorial at the Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, to Spitfire pilot Eugene Seghers, for the two minutes’ silence at 11am.
Members of the Royal British Legion and Uckfield ATC were also present with their Standards.
The deputy town mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, who did so much to get the memorial built, led the proceedings and Cllr Eastwood the wreath laying.
At the memorial’s unveiling ceremony, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, who is the Queen’s representative in the county, said Flt Lt Seghers gave his life to save Uckfield.
“We shall never forget,” he said.
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