ORGANISERS of the Bikers’ Beacon at Shoreham Fort were ‘overwhelmed’ by the turnout and support.
Members of the biking community joined the Royal British Legion Riders’ Sussex branch for the Lights Out event yesterday, marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
More than 100 bikes lined up at the fort and on the banks of the River Adur to shine their headlights in the direction of the South Downs, north of Mill Lane, Shoreham, where barracks and training trenches were set up in 1914.
At 10pm, all the lights were turned off simultaneously and the fort’s jubilee beacon was lit, representing a single candle.
Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps played The Last Post and there was a reading of In Flanders Field, plus prayers and a blessing, led by Father Terry Stratford.
A period of reflection followed, with music by Shoreham guitarist Richard Durrant, before the beacon was extinguished at 11pm.
Read the full story in Thursday’s Shoreham Herald.