VIDEO: Chichester first world war ceremony

HUNDREDS attended a ceremony in Priory Park today (August 3) to mark the centenary of the start of the first world war.

People from across Chichester gathered in the picturesque setting for a solemn occasion - to pay their respects to the men who fought for their country.

Priory Park

Priory Park

The drumhead ceremony was conducted by The Rev Canon Simon Holland, who was pleased to see residents go along and show their support.

“It’s wonderful to see people of all ages,” he said.

“There were veterans and cadets, as well as men and women currently serving in the forces.

“This is a very solemn occasion, but a very important one too, because we all have members of our family - fathers, great-grandfathers and mothers - who were involved in, and affected by, the first world war.

“The organisers of the service did a great job, and we were also blessed by beautiful weather.”

For the full story and all the pictures, see next week’s Chichester Observer (August 7).