A veteran grandfather was accompanied in the Remembrance Sunday procession by his twin Sea Cadet grandsons.
Charles ‘Vic’ Stone was pushed from Morrisons to the war memorial in Alexandra Park in his wheelchair by Richard and Leon Stone before the ceremony to commemorate the soldiers who never came home.
The twin 12-year-olds were given special permission to join the veteran section of the parade to escort the 89-year-old former WWII soldier and Royal Navy Auxiliary Service volunteer.
Their mother Sarah Stone said Vic was proud of his grandsons for following in his footsteps in joining the armed forces.
“It went really well – we were all very pleased,” she said.
“To know that they went to join the forces made Vic very proud to know they’re not literally following his footsteps but as close as you can get.”
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects at the service on Sunday (November 8).
Sarah said her sons joined the Hastings cadets in March as they were inspired by their granddad’s stories of serving in Burma during WWII.
She said this was the biggest public event they have been a part of after their first parade on Armed Forces Day.
The twins coped quite differently with the day as Sarah said one is shy and got quite nervous whereas the other ‘cannot get enough of it’.
They marched with the cadets and other representatives of the armed forces from the town centre to Morrisons before the veterans joined for the final leg.
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