IT is that time of year again when locals remember loved ones through a charity’s festive commemorative service.
St Michael’s Hospice, in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, holds its Lights of Love season every Christmas – inviting people to dedicate a silver star to a late friend or relative.
These are then hung on one of the hospice’s Christmas trees – which have been donated once again by Little Down Farm in Westfield.
The charity has five trees this year, with people able to hang their stars here in Hastings or further afield in Battle, Bexhill, Rye and Ticehurst.
Donations are encouraged from anyone who donated a star, but the hospice was quick to point out the Light of Love is as much about giving people something tangible to remember someone by.
Names were also added to a book of remembrance after the recent service at the hospice, which was followed by similar events across 1066 Country this week.
Around 300 people attended the service at St John’s Church, with dozens more at the events in St Peter’s Church, Bexhill, St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Church, Battle and St Mary’s Church in Ticehurst.
The charity’s chief executive, Celia Pyke-Lees, was delighted with the turn-out. She said: “We are pleased to offer the opportunity for people to remember their loved ones at this time of year.
“This is an important service which is very valued by local people, whether or not they have been in touch with the hospice before.
“We were delighted the mayors were able to give their support on the day.
“It was such a wonderful experience to come together in this communal act of remembrance.”