Havant pays tribute to the fallen

The Armistice Day act of remembrance at Emsworth Memorial Garden
The Armistice Day act of remembrance at Emsworth Memorial Garden
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  • Thousands fell silent as two minute silence was observed on Armistice Day
  • Services held across the area
  • Marine Richard Hollington remembered at his former college, South Downs
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WITH heads bowed, remembering comrades lost, veterans joined grateful members of the community at Havant’s Remembrance Service.

More than 100 people gathered at the town’s memorial at the crossroads outside St Faith’s Church yesterday.

I lost a lot of very good mates in the war. I remember them on this day. I’ve never missed one Remembrance Service yet

Gerald Raynor

Organised by Havant and District British Legion, there were a number of veterans alongside children from nearby Bosmere Primary School.

Mayor of Havant, Councillor Leah Turner, said she was pleased to see the next generation learning from those who fought so bravely.

And 99-year-old Second World War veteran Gerald Raynor said: ‘I feel very proud.

‘I lost a lot of very good mates in the war.

‘I remember them on this day. I’ve never missed one Remembrance Service yet.’

Over at South Downs College, in Waterlooville, a wreath was laid at the memorial to Royal Marine Richard Hollington, a former public services student who, in June 2010, became the 300th British serviceman to die during the conflict in Afghanistan.

The college’s uniformed and public services students paraded through the campus to Mne Hollington’s memorial, which is at the heart of the college grounds.

Lecturer Richard Hughes said: ‘It’s invaluable for the students to remember the lives that are given in order for them to have the life that they have now.

‘It underpins everything they want to do in their future careers as many of the students participating today will be moving on to their chosen service, which could be police, ambulance, fire, army, navy or air force.’

There were also remembrance services at the war memorial in Emsworth’s Jubilee Park and the Copp Memorial on Hayling Island seafront.