Hundreds of people lined the Carfax in Horsham town centre to watch a poignant ceremony on Remembrance Sunday this morning (Sunday November 8).
Residents braved the wet weather for the emotional service, during which a marching band played, wreaths were placed at the war memorial and two minutes of silence were observed.
Tricia Youtan, chairman of Horsham District Council, praised the town’s community spirit with so many residents in attendance.
She said: “It was very, very moving. It was the most amazing turnout from the public, it really was, and I think it really pulls the community together in remembering exactly what we should be remembering.
“I feel very proud to be chairman of the district council with so many councillors and so many members of the public here today.
“I have never seen such a turnout, it’s absolutely incredible and that has to be commented on.”
The Carfax was filled with people even before the parade arrived at the war memorial to begin the service at 10.50am.
Led by Father David Bouskill of Holy Trinity Church, the service began with the hymn ‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’.
The two minutes’ silence was held at 11am before Mrs Youtan, assisted by the chairman’s cadet Andrew Stuckey, placed a wreath on behalf of the people of the Horsham district.
David Copestake, chairman of the Royal British Legion Horsham Branch and MP Jeremy Quin also laid wreaths.
They were followed by representatives of the armed service and youth organisations, with several wreaths eventually placed at the base of the memorial.
The Parade Marshall then called the parade to attention, and after a rendition of the national anthem the parade marched to St Mary’s Church in the Causeway for the Remembrance Sunday Service.
On Wednesday (November 11) there will be a ceremony to mark Armistice Day at the memorial from 10.50am.
This will involve the unveiling of a momentous additional plaque naming 43 people from Horsham who died in military service during the Second World War.
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