East Wittering war memorial unveiled

The Memorial Dedication Service in East Wittering KS1500458-1
The Memorial Dedication Service in East Wittering KS1500458-1

A VILLAGE’S new war memorial was unveiled to warm acclaim on Sunday (September 20).

More than 200 people turned out for a service in East Wittering on Sunday, led by the Bishop of Horsham Mark Sowerby.

Wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial KS1500458-4

Wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial KS1500458-4

Work started on the site six weeks ago as the £25,000 memorial was put in place.

Chris Farey, from the East Wittering branch of the Royal British Legion, said the day had gone ‘perfectly’.

“It was well done,” he said. “Every thing worked out well.”

The bishop and standard bearers walked to the new memorial from the nearby St Anne’s Church, in Church Road.

The bishop led people to the memorial KS1500458-2

The bishop led people to the memorial KS1500458-2

The new memorial is situated on the junction of Cakeham Road with Stocks Lane.

There was a memorial there previously, however it was much smaller and the recent works included landscaping the area and installing new benches.

“They’ve done a really nice job on it,” added Chris.

The recent work marked the end of a fundraising campaign that saw £25,000 raised for the memorial, of which £20,000 came from the Southern Co-operative and a separate £5,000 donation.

“There’s been a lot of people who put a lot of work into getting it done,” said Chris.

“It’s amazing how much work it’s taken.”

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