In July 1973, a group of grand old gents gathered at Horsham’s war memorial to lay a wreath of poppies in memory of old friends and comrades.
They were the men of the 22nd Kensington Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and they had been based in the town before being sent to fight on foreign soil.
They returned to the town each year, their numbers dwindling as time took its toll, and a report in the County Times marked their 1973 reunion.
It stated: “They come to Horsham each year, fewer of them each year, to remember their old comrades. Because it was at Horsham they were stationed in 1914 before going to France to fight a war which, until the next one, was the war to end all wars.”
After a service at St Mary’s Church, the Rev Peter Gillingham walked with the men up the Causeway and into the Carfax for the wreath-laying ceremony.
The report stated that one old soldier, who happened to be passing, paid his respects as he stood to attention on the other side of the road.
While the men of the 22nd were honouring the past, the youngsters of Horsham were enjoying a sunny summer.
At Arunside School’s summer fair, in Blackbridge Lane, parents and children took part in races and games and tried their hands at side-stalls to raise £150 for a set of specialised maths books.
Our picture shows them stumbling their way through a game of ‘dribble and skip’ – but any embarrassment was worthwhile as the fair brought in more than £200.
Over at Holy Trinity School, the vagaries of the British weather took their toll during sports day. While the events took place in stifling heat, a storm meant the prize giving had to be moved to the school hall.
Pictured is Stephen Khoo, who took first place in the high jump contest for boys aged seven and eight.
Stephen’s sister, Helen, was presented with a prize by guest of honour PC Derek Wills, the school liaison officer, for project work she carried out about the police force. Other prize-winners were Suzanne Woodrow and Mark Giles.
Our final picture shows the children of the East Horsham Recorder Group. They were absolute beginners who were being taught the basics of tootling by Mrs Helen Maltby.
Do you recognise anyone in these photos?
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