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A memorial tree is to be planted in the heart of Worthing to mark the centenary of the end of World War One

Released: Monday, 26 March 2018

In November 1918, an armistice was struck bringing an end to the first ever global conflict which became known as the Great War.

In what is the first of series of commemorations across Adur and Worthing to mark 100 years since peace was struck, civic dignitaries and service personal will come together to plant an oak in Worthing's Beach House Park.

It will take place on Tuesday (27th March 2018) at 10:30am with the Mayor of Worthing Councillor Alex Harman leading the commemorations.

The event has been arranged by the Worthing Royal British Legion and Combined Ex-Services Association, with support from Adur & Worthing Councils.

Cllr Harman said:

“Even though the fighting took place many miles away, World War One had a dramatic impact on the whole of Worthing. Hundreds of men lost their lives in what is the most tragic conflict in human history.

“It's important we remember our history but also look to our future. What better way to mark the centenary of the end of this conflict that with a tree, which will grow tall and remind future generations of the terrible consequences of war.”

“I want to thank all of those who have helped arrange the event which I'm sure will be a poignant memorial for all.”

Councillor Tom Wye, Worthing Borough Council's Armed Forces Champion, said:

“It is fitting that this tree is planted in Beach House Park to commemorate 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War in which at least 660 Worthing men, boys and a lady sacrificed their lives. The tree is near the Holocaust Memorial and the Battle of the Boars Head Memorial giving this park a very special place in the hearts of Worthing residents.”

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