Council commemorates the Centenary of the First World War

Arun District Council has embarked on a series of projects to mark the Centenary [2014-18] of First World War.

Across the district, 18 wild flower poppy meadows have been sown in tribute to those who fell during the Great War.

The locations are;

  • Mewsbrook Park, Caffyns Field, Worthing Road Recreation Ground, and Brookfield, all in Littlehampton.
  • Snooks Corner, Felpham Way, and Felpham Recreation Ground, in Felpham.
  • Ferring Village Green and Little Twitten in Ferring
  • Langmead’s Field in East Preston.
  • Herington’s Field and Canada Road in Arundel.
  • Hotham Park and Flansham Lane in Bognor Regis.
  • West Park and Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick.
  • Bersted Brooks and Bersted Park in Bersted.

Also on a floral theme, two new carpet bedding displays have been created next to the Littlehampton War Memorial and a third at Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick.

In Caffyns field next to the War Memorial a sculpture of a lone wooden soldier stands proudly in place.

Created by chainsaw artist, Simon Groves, the piece was commissioned by Arun District Council and pays respect to fallen comrades. An official presentation ceremony is set to be held closer to Armistice Day in November.

Lamppost banners throughout the district have been proudly displaying poppy banners.

Events to mark the Centenary include:

  • Bognor Regis Town Council Lighting of the Beacon – 11 November
  • Littlehampton Town Council’s Remembrance Parade – 11 November
  • Ferring Parish Council Remembrance Parade – 11 November
  • Arundel Town Council Remembrance Parade – 11 November
  • Rustington Remembrance Parade – 11 November
  • Eastergate Parish Council Remembrance Parade – 11 November
  • LOCA – WW1/WW2 Poppy Appeal Special Artisan Market on Littlehampton High Street November 3 10-4pm

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “This is a significant year, marking as it does the end of World War One in 1918. Therefore, it is incredibly important that we commemorate the Centenary year with these fantastic floral tributes and a string of events to recognise the sacrifice made by those who gave so much during the Great War.”


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