’Special’ remembrance service attended by hundreds

HUNDREDS turned out to pay their respects to fallen servicemen at a poignant remembrance service outside Worthing Town Hall this morning.

Chapel Road was lined with spectators proudly displaying their poppies while the service took place.

W44701H14  A poignant remembrance service took place at the war memorial in Worthing this morning

W44701H14 A poignant remembrance service took place at the war memorial in Worthing this morning

Bob Chalcraft, poppy appeal organiser, said the service was ‘one of the best we’ve had for years’.

He said: “The weather was perfect. I’m amazed at the amount of public that do turn up, it’s become something special now.”

Bob Adams, president of Worthing’s Naval Association, served in the Second World War and was present at the service.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Adams, 92, said: “I was so impressed with the turn out today, it’s tremendous.”

Veteran Clive Bailey’s brother, Bernard, also fought in the Second World War. He was captured at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in the first six months of the war, before being sent to work in salt mines in Siberia. Despite surviving the war, Bernard died a couple of years later as a result of injuries sustained during his time as prisoner.

Mr Bailey, 81, said: “We thought it was excellent, in particular the number of young people. When we have gone we have still got to do this in memory of those who died.”

For the full report and pictures, see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, November 13.