PICTURE GALLERY: Remembrance Sunday in Chichester 2014

WREATHS were laid throughout the area at the weekend as towns and villages fell silent for Remembrance Sunday.

In Chichester, a parade stretched all the way down East Street comprising veterans, soldiers, scouts, police cadets and many more as it headed towards the war memorial at Litten Gardens.

Mayor of Chichester John Hughes said he could remember marching through Chichester 40 years ago when he was stationed at RAF Tangmere and saluting the then mayor.

This time, he was the one standing on the dais and taking the salute from the hundreds marching by.

“I thought it went brilliantly,” he said. “To see so many there, I thought there were far more than there were in previous years.

“I thought it was one of the best we’ve had. It all went to plan, there were no snags or anything, it was pure magic.”

The service in Litten Gardens was attended by hundreds, who observed the two-minute silence and joined in hymns performed by the Chichester City Band.

The band’s chairman Howard Smith said: “It’s nice to be an integral part of the service.”

Poppy appeal organiser for Chichester Graham Matthews led the parade and spoke at the ceremony. Poppy appeal collectors in Chichester have already raised thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion.

One of the wreath layers in Chichester on Sunday was Linda Earl, 63, from Bognor Regis, who left a wreath in honour of Harold Frank Vivash, a standard bearer for the Royal British Legion for many years, who also served in the Royal Navy.

Events took place across the area, including at Tangmere, where chairman of the parish council Andrew Irwin laid a wreath in the graveyard at St Andrew’s Church, which is home to a number of war graves.

Veterans and groups also marched in Selsey and Emsworth for Remembrance Sunday.

In Donnington, residents gathered at St George’s Church.

Church warden Gary Orgovanyi said: “This was a very moving service for the residents of Donnington. The involvement of the younger members of the parish was very special and helped them to understand the importance of remembering the sacrifice made by so many people of all nations over the years.”