Lest we forget: Lancing remembers the fallen

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The people of Lancing honoured the victims of war with a remembrance parade and service in the village on Sunday afternoon, organised by the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Around 200 people took part in the parade, which set off from the Lancing and Sompting RBL headquarters in Culver Road, Lancing at 2.30pm.

War veterans in uniform, local dignitaries including MP Tim Loughton, Sea Scouts and Cubs, and members of the RBL Women’s Section, all marched to the Church of St Michael and All Angels in South Street, Lancing, accompanied by the Shoreham Squadron Air Training Core marching band.

An armoured personnel carrier joined the parade, which arrived at the church at about 2.45pm, when wreaths were laid at the memorial in the church grounds.

Lancing and Sompting RBL Branch president John Poetz read the exaltation before the bugler of the RBL brass band played the Last Post.

Following the two-minutes’ silence, Father Barry Carter conducted the memorial service.

The chairman of the Lancing and Sompting branch of the Royal British Legion, Adrian Howard, said the whole event went extremely well and thanked those who took part adding that the marching band had done a fantastic job this year.

Mr Howard also praised the work of REAC who he said marshalled the event extremely well.

Two of Adrian’s sons, Dale, 32, Jason, 28, were away on active military service so were absent form the ceremony this year.

Adrian’s youngest son and Lancing and Sompting branch standard bearer Jack Howard, 19, has just competed an RAF scholarship.

A separate, smaller service was held at St Mary’s Church in Sompting at 10.30am.