Town to fall silent and remember fallen

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THE town will fall silent for two minutes today (Friday) as civic leaders, veterans and other ex-servicemen remember those killed in war.

There will be a two-minute silence in Priory Meadow from 11am, which has been organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL).

The annual Act of Remembrance will be held at 11am this Sunday at the War Memorial in Alexandra Park.

At 10.25am there will be a uniformed parade along Queens Road to the park. Following the service, the laying of the wreaths and the march past, the civic parade will reform and make its way back to the town hall.

The Mayor Kim Forward, said: “I hope people can join us for the Remembrance service in the park this Sunday. It’s our opportunity to come together to remember those who have given their lives in the service of their country.”

Peace campaigners will also be taking part in the two-minute silence today in memory of those killed in war.

Throughout today a poignant film made by students from William Parker Sports College will be screened in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre as part of the Remembrance Day services.

The film, Last Letters Home, is based on the script for a play, Blood Run, researched, developed and written by the students.

This was based on the lives of the young men commemorated on the two war memorials sited in the school. Students in years nine and 10/11 worked on the project with Creative Partnerships, alongside a local historian and a dramatist/film-maker.

The film will be running on a continuous loop on a large plasma screen by the customer services desk.

Hastings Against War members plan to lay a white poppy wreath at the war memorial at a ceremony tomorrow (Saturday) from 3pm in the Peace Garden in Alexandra Park.

After readings and music the white poppy wreath will be taken and laid at the foot of the war memorial. Everybody is invited to join in.

Today the white poppy wreath will be on display in Hastings town centre, opposite Lloyds Bank, from 10.30am.

Hastings Against War supporters will then join the two-minute silence at 11am.

Fernando Bauza, from Hastings Against War, said: “The white poppy not only commemorates all those who suffer in wars, it also sends out the message that there are better ways to resolve conflicts than killing strangers.”