On Friday 11 November at 11am a service was held outside Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s Office to remember those who gave their lives in the Parish and further afield. A good crowd assembled and were joined by students from Willingdon Community School and other young people. The service was led by Father Kevin Agnew of St Mary the Virgin Willingdon assisted by Rev David Yule of Trinity Church. Luke and Andrew Martin carried the Legion and the Union Flags and Peter Davey sounded the Last Post. The service ended with Piper Ian White playing ‘My Home’. Parish Council Chair John Pritchett BEM said it was great to see so many people, especially the students and young people of the Parish, to remember those who gave their lives so that we could live in the freedom we enjoy today.
On Sunday 12 November the young people of the Parish turned out in force for Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council’s Remembrance Parade and Service. Marching from Upper Kings Drive and led by the Kingfisher Scout Band, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from the 1st and 2nd Willingdon Groups, St John’s Ambulance representatives, Guides and Brownies supported members of the Willingdon Branch of the Royal British Legion and Parish Councillors for the service at St Mary the Virgin, Willingdon led by Father Kevin Agnew. So great was the support that the church was filled to capacity with standing room only at the back – a wonderful turn–out for such an important event in the Parish Council’s calendar. Piper Ian White piped people into the church and ended the tribute in the Garden of Remembrance after the service with ‘My Home’.
In the afternoon the Parish Council led the service at the Ruthless Memorial on the Downs with Father Kevin Agnew supported by Deacon Sue Wilkinson and attended by the Mayor of Eastbourne Pat Hearn and MP Stephen Lloyd. On a cold, windy but dry afternoon a good crowd gathered for this special service to honour the American men who lost their lives when their B-24D Liberator Bomber from 506 squadron 44th bombardment group crashed on the Downs in 1944.