Cub Scouts prepared for Remembrance Sunday with a visit to the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory.
The visit was made more poignant for the 1st Sullington and Storrington Cub Scouts after the death of soldier and Pulborough resident Lance Corporal James Brynin, who was killed in Afghanistan last month (see Page 4).
Children and leaders from the village’s Apache and Sioux Cub Scout Packs made a coach trip to Richmond in Surrey to visit the factory on October 29.
The Cubs saw the workers who make the poppies for people to wear and the wreaths that are placed at ceremonies up and down the country.
Brian Edwards, who makes all the Royal wreaths, showed the group the wreath that The Prince of Wales will be taking to India with him for laying on Remembrance Sunday.
They were also given the chance to make their own poppies using blocks which allow a poppy to be made one handed.
The children also learnt the history of why we wear the poppy and that British deaths during the Afghanistan conflict now needed to be updated from 444 to 445 as Lance Corporal Brynin had been killed. His funeral took place on Tuesday (November 5) in Pulborough.
Following on from their visit to the factory, the Cubs will be joining other young people from the 1st Sullington and Storrington Scout Group on Sunday (November 10) to parade through the streets of Storrington on their way to the Inter-Church Civic Service of Remembrance held at St Mary’s, the Parish Church of Storrington.
Organised in conjunction with the Royal British Legion (Storrington Branch), around 200 young people aged from six to 18 will parade through the streets with their flags held high following the Union Flag and the Standard of the Royal British Legion Branch.
The Cubs are also expected to be joined by members of the Griffins Explorer Scout Unit, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from the 2nd Storrington Guides and Cadets from 2464 (Storrington) Squadron, Air Training Corps, and representatives from other local service organisations such as the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
The parade will commence from the car park at Chanctonbury Leisure Centre at 2pm, before making its way along Spierbridge Road and North Street, crossing West Street into Church Street, and then on to St Mary’s for the wreath laying at the war memorial at 3pm.
Road closure orders are in place and members of the public are welcome to stand along the route to watch the parade go by and to attend the Service of Remembrance afterwards.