Thousands pay tribute at service of remembrance

Good will and pride filled the Horsham community as thousands turned out for the Remembrance service on Sunday, November 11 .

A parade arrived at the war memorial in the Carfax and the service was led by the Rev Guy Bridgewater.

He said: “It was an immense privilege to take part in the Remembrance Parade, which left me feeling very proud to belong to our Horsham community.

“It seemed that the town had turned out in our thousands to give reverent thanks for the sacrifice our forbears made on our behalf.”

The service began with the hymn ‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’ which was followed by The Last Post. Mr Bridgewater lead the Exhortation and a two minutes silence was held at 11am.

He added: “‘We will remember them’ indeed – and I pray we may lead grateful lives, worthy of the price they paid for us.”

Wreath laying was led by the chairman of Horsham District Council, Leonard Crosbie, and undertaken by local councillors, Royal British Legion members, young cadets, soldiers and children as a mark of solemn respect.

Royal British Legion secretary, Dianne Loates, explained: “The service went excellently and was the best I’ve ever done with this being my seventh year.

“The sun was shining and there were so many people. One of the policemen said he reckoned there were around 3,000 people.”

Following a blessing, the parade marched to the Parish Church of St. Mary in the Causeway.

Dianne, who manned the poppy shop in the Carfax, added: “The church service was very poignant . There was a real feeling of good will.”

Mrs Franks, of Farhalls Crescent, Horsham attended the service. She said: “This is one of the many reasons I have lived and worked in Horsham for over 33 years, there is indeed no better place.”