Last Sunday, local MP Amber Rudd joined local Councillors to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. The civic procession went from Town Hall to Alexandra Park where a service of remembrance was held.
Later in the day, Amber attended the Festival of Remembrance at the White Rock Theatre. In the theatre, attendees watched a live video feed of the commemorative lamp being used to light the beacon on the East Hill. There was then a torch-lit procession along the seafront ending at the White Rock Theatre with the lamp being welcomed during the annual remembrance service. During the service, town crier Jon Bartholomew made a cry for peace around the world as well as the bells at the Old Town church ringing out to commemorate the event.
“I was honoured to join our town in remembering those who bravely fought and gave their lives in the First World War.
“As we reflect on their sacrifice, it is important to remember all of those who have lost their lives fighting for our country in times of conflict which exist even today.
“It was particularly moving to hear the town crier’s plea for peace which concluded a solemn and emotional day.”