First World War’s centenary is remembered in the Bognor Regis area

HUNDREDS of people took part in an event in Aldwick to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.

The occasion at Avisford Park recreation ground featured a service of remembrance as well as a range of activities and events.

It was organised by the Aldwick branch of the Royal British Legion and began with the service led by the Rev Brian Shersby.

Four standards and were lowered and raised as the Last Post was sounded before the crowds spent time looking around the stalls and military and classic vehicles on show.

The afternoon saw some 80 worshippers attend a special commemoration service at St Thomas a’Becket Church in Pagham.

The Rev Mark Eminson, the church’s vicar, told the congregation the current Middle East conflict showed how the world still unfortunately resorted to violence in an attempt to sort out its differences.

He also read a poem by Wilfrid Owen which reflected on the horrors of the Great War.

Today (Monday, July 4) sees a commemoration service at 10pm at the war memorial outside Bognor Regis Town Hall.

Bell-ringers at St Richard’s Church in Aldwick are also holding a special session at the same time to mark the exact moment when war was declared a hundred years ago.