THE STREETS of Chichester were lined with people this morning (November 9) commemorating the fallen.
From East Street through St Pancras and up to the war memorial at Litten Gardens, crowds watched soldiers, veterans, standard bearers, cadets, scouts and many more march in memory of past conflicts.
Chichester City Band provided music throughout the service at the war memorial and the two-minute silence at 11am was impeccably observed.
After the service, a parade headed back along St Pancras, where the mayor of Chichester John Hughes stood on a dais outside Unicorn House to receive salutes from the various groups.
Speaking afterwards, chairman of the Chichester City Band Howard Smith said: “It’s nice to be an integral part of the service. We’ve done it in the pouring rain before and we’ve been lucky in the past few years.”
Linda Earl, 63, from Bognor Regis, laid a wreath in memory of Harold Frank Vivash, who served in the Royal Navy during the second world war and was a member and standard bearer in the Royal British Legion for more than 40 years.
“I do admire how many wreaths there are,” she said.
“It shows how many people care and think about others.”
During the ceremony at Litten Gardens ambulances were called after an elderly veteran in his 90s collapsed. He was treated at the scene by paramedics.
For a full report and picture spread from the ceremony see Thursday’s Observer (November 13).