PICTURE GALLERY: Chichester Remembrance Sunday parade

CROWDS gathered in Chichester to watch the Remembrance Sunday parade pass through the city.

Brilliant autumnal sunshine lit up the memorial at Litten Gardens, where the service was carried out.

Remembrance Sunday 2013 in Chichester'PICTURE BY MAKAELA PAPWORTH

Remembrance Sunday 2013 in Chichester'PICTURE BY MAKAELA PAPWORTH

Veterans, soldiers, cadets, families and many others gathered together to honour the fallen.

The 12 Regiment Royal Artillery were part of the parade on Sunday and were led by Sergeant Major Ryan Townsend, who signed on in Chichester at the age of 25, 17 years ago, at the old RMP barracks.

“For us doing it and representing the regiment, it’s a very proud moment,” he said.

“As for me, having been born and bred in Bognor it was a unique opportunity.

“I was privileged to be able to lead the guys and girls from the regiment for the actual parade. From a personal point of view I was very proud of it.”

He said he felt the parade had been a success, with all the different groups marching together.

“I think generally it went very well.

“I know it was appreciated.

“You could tell from the crowds with the applause and the looks on their faces – it showed the general appreciation for everybody in the parade.”

The Royal Military Police parade commander on the day was Sergeant James Brown.

He said he was ‘extremely honoured’ to have the opportunity to march with the veterans and the residents of Chichester.

“Obviously the city means a lot to our corps and I think we all hold very fond memories of our time there,” he said.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the memorial by mayor of Chichester Alan Chaplin, chairman of West Sussex County Council Amanda Jupp, High Sheriff of West Sussex Patrick Burgess and many other distinguished visitors.

Two Chichester High School Boys also laid wreaths at the memorial in honour of their ancestors who were honoured for their parts in the conflicts.

Joshua Goodwin, from Year 9, and Ashley Goodwin, from Year 7, laid wreaths on behalf of the school and its old boys.

They were proudly wearing their great-grandfather’s and grandfather’s medals.

Remembrance was also marked throughout the area with ceremonies held in Selsey, Emsworth, the Witterings and North Mundham.