PICTURES: Rededication service for Worthing memorial

A YEAR-LONG project to restore a war memorial to its former glory was completed with a ceremony remembering those who had died in combat.

On Sunday, April 29, a re-dedication service was held at the St Paul’s war memorial, in Chapel Road, to remember those who had died during World War I and been named on the memorial, as well as the servicemen and women who had died in wars since. On the day, the ceremony was attended by more than 100 people, as well as Freddy Dablemont, deputy president of Richebourg, where a number of Sussex soldiers died during The Great War.

A tribute was also paid to Worthing soldier Michael Roland, 22, who died on Friday, when wreaths were laid on St Paul’s memorial and the memorial outside Worthing Town Hall by the mayor Ann Barlow.

Mrs Barlow said: “This is tragic for the town and for Michael’s family, and it was right to pay tribute to him on this occasion. Our condolences go out to the family.”

The event was organised by Worthing Combined Ex-services Association, and was described as a success by Central ward councillor David Chapman, who has been behind the restoration of the memorial.

He said: “The event went very smoothly and very efficiently, and although it was quite short and to the point, it was really quite moving.”

The attendance of Mr Dablemont is hoped to lead to a closer relationship between Worthing and Richebourg, David added.

Watch the slideshow to see all the photographs taken at the service.