Worthing War Memorial re-dedication date

A RE-DEDICATION Service for Worthing’s St Paul’s War Memorial, which has been renovated with the help of £1,500 grant from Worthing County Local Committee, is being held on Sunday January 29 at 2pm.

The money came from the Committee’s Community Initiative Funding.

Said Committee Chairman Bob Smytherman, who will be attending the ceremony: “This is cash we receive from West Sussex County Council to support local organisations that enhance their neighbourhood, such as the group of people who have worked so hard over the months on the welcome restoration of this familiar Worthing landmark.

“Work on cleaning and restoring the Memorial is well under way. The colour of the original sandstone is emerging and the damaged paving slabs have been replaced.

“But the work will not stop there. The group has secured a commitment from a local businessman to attend to the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial.

“This is something we as a County Local Committee are always keen to see because it highlights value of – and encourages – long-term community activity.”

The event is being organised by the Worthing Combined Ex-services Association. The Mayor of Richbourg, a town in Northern France where a large number of the men named on the memorial died in a battle in 1916, has been invited to attend.

There will also be standard bearers from the main regiments represented on the memorial, plus representatives from scouts and cadets.