Hundreds attend remembrance service at Hastings War Memorial

Hastings Remembrance Service 2011 at Alexandra Park. Picture Frank Copper
Hastings Remembrance Service 2011 at Alexandra Park. Picture Frank Copper

HUNDREDS of people attended the Hastings war memorial on Sunday to take part in the annual Remembrance Day service.

The Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Kim Forward, was on hand to lay a wreath at the war memorial in Alexandra Park.

Wreaths were also laid by a number of groups and organisations including the British Legion, the emergency services, Hastings twin town association and members of the general public.

The Last Post and Reveille was played by 14-year-old Freddie Katis, from Hastings.

During the service, a two- minute silence was held followed later by a rendition of God Save The Queen.

The British Legion organised a service and musical show at the White Rock Theatre with music provided by St Paul’s School.

Around 600 people packed into the theatre which also staged a cavalcade of military and organisation flags.

The Hastings Branch of the British Legion is aiming to raise £50,000 this year through its Poppy Appeal.

So far members have collected £33,000 which is £2,000 more than this time last year.

Branch secretary, Rod Pelling, said: “There were more people than normal at the event this year.

“It was very well supported and we are very grateful for the generous donations we have received.

“St Paul’s put on a marvellous display and their performance was appreciated by everyone.”

On Saturday a number of residents congregated in Alexandra Park to lay a white poppy wreath at the foot of the war memorial.

A ceremony was held in the Peace Garden where letters by First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon were read out followed by a brief history of the creation of the garden.