Battle remembers the fallen

Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124948001
Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124948001

Old soldiers marched alongside members of youth organisations down Battle High Street in a Remembrance Sunday parade.

The parade formed up at Market Square at 10am before marching to St Mary’s Church where colours were presented before a Service of Remembrance.

Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124854001

Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124854001

The service was followed by wreath laying at the war memorial in the churchyard Alan Hayward, from Battle Royal British Legion, said: “We are a little thin on the ground at the moment and we did not have a band this year, but we did have a good turn-out on the day.”

On Wednesday morning there was a ceremony outside Battle Abbey when two minute’s silence was observed to mark Armistice Day.

The Royal British Legion were joined by pupils from Battle Abbey School and members of the Chamber Choir and there was a good turn-out from residents.

Battle fire fighters also turned out for the ceremony.

Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124935001

Remembrance service in front of Battle Abbey, 11/11/15. SUS-151111-124935001

Last year, the Battle branch produced a Booklet of Remembrance as a keepsake for local people, containing the names of the 221 local fallen from 1914 - 2014.

Members and supporters of the Royal British legion have been out and about in the town collecting for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

The appeal, which helps serving and ex-servicemen, women and their dependants who are in need, financially, or in other ways, raised £36.6m last year nationally.

Alan Hayward said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported us this year.”

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