ON behalf of all the members of the Hastings and St Leonards Veterans’ Association, may I, through your newspaper, thank all those who attended and supported the commemoration service for the Commonwealth service men, laid to rest in Hastings.
In addition to our patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, other attending dignitaries included the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field, The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Admiral the Lord Boyce KG, Captain Harry Harsh of the Royal Canadian Navy, Captain Simon O’Brien of the Royal Australian Navy, Lt. Col. Nick Gillard of New Zealand, Brigadier General Anil Mehta of the Indian Army, Colonel Gareseitse of South Africa, Brigadier General G J Rayamajhi of the Army of Nepal, Gurkha Major Dyanprasad Rai of the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, Major Sargeant of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery and the Chief Constable Martin Richards.
The guard of honour was supplied by the men of 47 Regiment RA with a contingent of Gurkhas who are based at Folkestone. The band was supplied by Sussex Brass who were note perfect.
We are grateful to Adam Gower of AG Scaffolding for building the dais and to Kiley’s carpets for kindly supplying the red carpet, which after the service was given to a family in need.
At the reception held at the Royal Victoria Hotel following the service, Her Royal
Highness was presented with a framed certificate confirming her status as patron of the association, along with an association cravat and a tie for Prince Charles.
The Commonwealth representatives were all enrolled as honorary members and also received certificates and ties.
The Rev Robert Featherstone who conducted the service is to be enrolled as the association’s official chaplain at the next meeting of the association, which will be on Saturday, June 4 at 10.30am.
The association is gearing up for Armed Forces Day at the end of June and pitches are available by contacting the secretary on 01424 433670 or 07967 860838.
CLLR RICHARD VALLERY-PETERS
Hastings and St Leonards Veterans’ Assoc.