Armistice centenary remembered in the Beacon

Eastbourne’s Poppy Appeal was launched in the Beacon with a Remembrance March at the weekend...

Eastbourne’s Poppy Appeal was launched in the Beacon with a Remembrance March at the weekend.

The Royal British Legion worked with the Centre to organise the march and salute from the combined army, RAF and Boys’ Brigade cadets that was watched by shoppers in the Centre which is commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1 with a unique Memorial Garden.

More than 260 youngsters also took part in a special two-day poppy making workshop to mark the special occasion.

The Memorial Garden, which will be in the Centre until November 11, features 1,259 crosses representing every person named on the Eastbourne War Memorial, who died during the conflict.

The garden is the idea of residents Chris Richards and Martin Ray, who wanted to create a memorial to commemorate the historical centenary. Visitors to the garden will be able to leave their own individual tributes to those who have died, not just in World War 1, but during any conflict.