Chichester’s Priory Park to host first world war commemoration

Priory Park
Priory Park

A ‘SIMPLE and solemn’ event in Chichester will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war.

Priory Park will host a drumhead service at 11.30am on August 3.

The service has been organised by the Royal Sussex Regimental Association and the Friends of Priory Park, supported by Chichester City Council.

Town clerk Rodney Duggua said the event would allow people to respectfully mark 100 years since the outbreak of war.

“It’s the wish of the organisers that it’s a simple and solemn event and it won’t be followed by any kind of gala or sideshows,” he said, describing the setting as a ‘very relevant location for the history of Chichester’.

Priory Park was presented to the people of Chichester by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon as a memorial to the first world war.

Anyone wishing to be in a short march prior to the service should gather near the bowls club by 11am, where they will be directed by a marshal.

The Rev Simon Holland will lead a short service from 11.30am, expected to last around 30 minutes.

The mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the city and there will be a two-minute silence.

The firing of a saluting gun and the playing of the Last Post will be the cue for the start of the silence and the gun will fire again to mark the end.

Music will be played by the Chichester City Band, conducted by musical director Ted Howard.