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Centenary of the First World War: Communities join together to commemorate and remember

Released: Monday, 08 October 2018

A spectacular cascade of more than 4,000 poppies hand-knitted by Worthing residents will be displayed in front of the Town Hall next month to commemorate the lives lost in the First World War.

Young and old residents from all across Worthing have been hard at work in the poppy-knitting effort to create a crimson waterfall cascading down the front of Worthing Town Hall.

Organised by the local community, charity and church group, Storm Ministries, the cascade is just one of a series of special events and activities taking place across Adur and Worthing in November to connect current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of WW1.

Adur & Worthing Councils will be overseeing a number of specific events to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War. On Monday 5th November 2018, 666 crosses will be in place ready for the opening of the Garden of Remembrance at Worthing Town Hall.

On Friday 9th November, the Adur District Council Chairman, Cllr Joss Loader, will plant a symbolic oak tree in Buckingham Park, Shoreham. This will involve pupils and staff from Buckingham Park School, with the Year Six pupils writing poems and prose from the perspective of front line soldiers, as well as from those who stayed behind.

On Remembrance Sunday on the 11th November, services and parades will be held at the war memorials in Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham, Sompting, and Southwick. Civic Heads and Councillors from Adur & Worthing Councils will be present to lay wreaths.

The Worthing parade will be followed by 'Battles Over – A Nation's Tribute'. Taking place on Worthing seafront from 6:45pm, this event will be part of a chain of 1,000 WW1 Beacons of Light which will be lit throughout the UK.

Cllr Tom Wye, Worthing Borough Councillor and Armed Forces Champion, said:

“These events will help us to remember the tragic loss of life during following two World Wars and other conflicts on the Centenary of the First World War. Worthing has and always will remember with pride the great sacrifices made during all conflicts by our residents, and we will cherish their memory.”

Poignant reminders of WW1 will be found throughout Worthing. More than 600 local men, who lived across 119 streets in the town, lost their lives. To commemorate them, 666 individually-named poppy crosses and biographies will be displayed on the houses where the fallen had lived as residents before enlisting. Portraits of those who died are also being displayed on phone boxes. A short memorial will take place and artwork will be unveiled at Worthing Station on Friday 9th November involving pupils from St. Andrew's School.

Cultural institutions will also be hosting special events. An exhibition at the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham, named 'The First Great Silence', will run until November 11th. Worthing Theatres will also host a programme of WW1 films at the Connaught Theatre, and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery will host special displays.

Cllr George Barton, Adur District Councillor and Armed Forces Champion, said:

“The events next month are the culmination of a full year of events across the region to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. These events have brought together the Council, local businesses, schools, community groups and individuals, united in remembrance of those who gave their lives so that we could live ours.”

Adur & Worthing Councils have put together a calendar of all the events taking place in the local area. For the full list, see the WW1 Centenary events list.

PR18-176 - 666 crosses will be in place ready for the opening of the Garden of Remembrance at Worthing Town Hall

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