VIDEO: Largest Remembrance turnout ever seen in Shoreham

SHOREHAM saw the largest turnout ever seen for this year’s Remembrance Sunday.

The Shoreham-by-Sea branch of the Royal British Legion paraded through the town centre to St Mary de Haura Church for the service at 10am on Sunday.

The Remembrance Sunday parade in Shoreham PICTURE: DEREK MARTIN D14461320a

The Remembrance Sunday parade in Shoreham PICTURE: DEREK MARTIN D14461320a

Mrs Barbara Bradley, branch secretary, said: “When we came out of the church, we could see all these people and we stood there open-mouthed.

“We had never seen so many people. They were all down East Street. It was a much, much bigger turnout than normal.”

With the First World War centenary and the troops coming out of Afghanistan, there had been a lot in the news, she added, plus the poppy sellers had been encouraging people to attend.

The service was led by the Rev Gerald Kirsch, branch chaplain, and the Rev Ann Waizeneker, who gave the sermon for the first time.

More than 20 official wreaths were laid at the War Memorial in East Street, which were added to by people at the service.

The branch and women’s section will also lay wreaths at the War Memorial tomorrow at 11am, Armistice Day.

Read more in Thursday’s Shoreham Herald and look out for a gallery of pictures online later this week.