Town joins to remember

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Servicemen and residents will unite on Sunday to remember the town’s war dead.

Standard bearers, former and active servicemen and women and members of the emergency services will be joined by Scouts, Sea Cadets, Guides and members of other youth organisations for a Remembrance parade at the war memorial in Alexandra Park on Sunday November 8.

The service, which will be attended by Hastings Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling, takes place at 11am.

Ex service associations will muster at the loading bay area of Morrisons at 10.15am on Sunday, while youth organisations will muster in Queens Road, outside the Town Hall, at the same time.

This will be followed by a Festival of Remembrance at the White Rock Theatre from 6pm - 9.15pm.

Admission is by purchase of a programme on the door, which costs £2.70.

The Hastings and St Leonards Branch of the Royal British Legion launched this year’s Poppy Appeal on October 24 with a parade outside the Town Hall.

Chairman Trevor Foord said: “The Mayor gave a speech and emphasised how important the appeal is and that it goes a long way to helping members of our armed forces and their families.

“Last year the generous people of Hastings and St Leonards helped us to raise in excess of £55,300, which is a record for this town.

“We would like, with the help of the good people of this borough, to break last year’s total.”

The poppy Shop, this year, is situated at 16 Queens Arcade, in the town centre. People are able to buy poppies, wreaths and wristbands to help the appeal.

On Wednesday November 11, the Annual Armastice Day Parade will take place in the town centre from 11am.

It takes place by the statue of the cricketer at Kings Walk, in Priory Meadow. The parade will muster at 10.40am near BHS.

On Saturday November 8 there will see the moving of wreaths from Alexandra Park to Hero’s Corner at Hastings Cemetery.

The laying of wreaths and blessings will take place at 11am until 11.20am.

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