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13 November 2014

Portslade - Remembrance Sunday 9 November 2014 (100 years)

Judy Middleton

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After all the rain and high winds on Friday and Saturday, it was a relief that this Remembrance Sunday the weather was calm and the sun was just beginning to break through the clouds as the service began at Easthill Park. It followed the traditional pattern with the first hymn being Eternal Father Strong to Save sung from the same hymn sheet used in previous years. Reluctant singers had the benefit of being accompanied by a Salvation Army brass band ensconced on the driveway before Easthill House. The two minutes silence fell at 11 a.m.

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Everybody could hear the prayers and readings because a public address system was in operation. The second hymn was O Valiant Hearts, a poignant piece not heard very often.

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Portslade Remembrance Day Service is always well attended and was especially moving this year because it was the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. Although it was a solemn occasion, it also had the feel of a village coming-together with people at the periphery pausing with their dogs in tow.

The fallen leaves on the bright grass brought to mind those who did not return home after the war.  

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Portslade War Memorial, Easthill Park.

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A section of 100 year Commemoration poppy display on Hove's seafront.
'Lest we Forget'

See also the Easthill Park  page for more information on the location of Portslade's War Memorial

and Hove's Remembrance Sunday 9 November 2014 (100 years) 

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