Pigeon war memorial in Worthing

A MEMORIAL service with a difference takes place in Worthing this week, when animals which contributed to the war effort are remembered.

On Sunday, a service will be held in Beach House Park, in Brighton Road, to remember pigeons which served as homing birds during World War I and II.

Cynthia O’Neill, who is organising the event, said the ceremony will take place at a memorial specifically dedicated to the birds, which was founded by actress Nancy Price at the end of World War II and includes names of some of the birds.

Cynthia, 73, said the memorial was the only one of its kind in the country, and possibly in the whole world.

She said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to those pigeons, because they did so much and saved many lives.

“There were so many of them. It wasn’t their war and the sound was terrible for them, but they did their jobs.”

The memorial service takes place at 10.30am and will include a short talk from Cynthia.

It will be the fifth year the memorial service has taken place, after it was started by Cynthia.