The traditional Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Henfield dates back more than 100 years. The parade along the High Street, in recent years led tunefully by Brighton and Hove City Band, the service in a packed St. Peter's Church, and the return to the War Memorial outside the Henfield Club, can trace their origins back to the first "Peace Parade" in 1919.

Left: The ceremony at the War Memorial in Cagefoot Lane in 1923

The image of the first Peace Parade returning along Henfield High Street in 1919 (below left) was re-created for the Hub by cameraman Barry Chaston to mark the 100th parade in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembrance has become one of the largest annual events in Henfield, with more than 400 people sometimes packing into St. Peter's Church and another large crowd assembling around the War Memorial to pay their respects.

You can enjoy a little of the 2017 parade in the video below.

One of the most poignant moments in Henfield's memorial weekend is the children's Poppy Cross Ceremony. It begins in St Peter's Church, with pupils from St. Peter's CofE Primary School reading a short eulogy for each of the 11 servicemen actually buried in the church cemetery.  The pupils then walk with Parish Council members, school staff and other attendees to the Cemetery to "plant" their poppy crosses.

Left: Lieutenant Commander Digby Stephenson leads the procession to the gravestones and salutes as the poppy crosses are placed on the graves.

There are hundreds more pictures of the Remembrance parades and the Poppy Cross Laying ceremony in our photo archive here.

There are also many more stories of war memories and remembrance on the Henfield Hub - below are links to some of them:

 

Remembrance Sunday 2019

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Poppy Cross Ceremony 2018

Poppy Cross Ceremony 2015

Remembrance Sunday 2013

Henfield Remembers the Fallen (1914)

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VJ Day 75th Anniversary

The Unknown Warrior

Local War Hero Honoured

Ditchling says Farewell to Vera

Remembering Vera Lynn

The Centenary Photo