Worthing gathers to commemorate Canadian troops

Canadian Memorial Day Worthing 17-8-14 SUS-140818-162449001
Canadian Memorial Day Worthing 17-8-14 SUS-140818-162449001

CANADIAN soldiers stationed in Worthing during the first and second world wars were honoured by hundreds at a ceremony on Worthing seafront on Saturday.

Veterans, military rep-
resentatives and politicians gathered at the Canadian memorial on the beach, at the bottom of Grand Avenue, to remember the efforts of the thousands of soldiers from the across the pond.

The service marked one year since the Canadian Roots organisation installed the memorial.

Pam Wilson, of Canadian Roots, which organised the event, said: “We think between 300 and 400 people turned up this year and it went well, with the weather staying good until the end.

“We held the service as near to August 19 as we could so that we can remember all those who took part in the ill-fated Dieppe raid, when over 900 Canadian servicemen were lost.

“Prior to the raid, troops from the Calgary regiment were stationed in and around Worthing, and for many, the residents were the last friendly face that these troops saw.”

For the full story and pictures, see the Herald, out Thursday, August 21.