Over 300 people attended the dedication and unveiling of the Canadian Memorial on Worthing’s beach on Sunday (August 18th). The memorial is in honour of the Canadian men and women stationed in Worthing during World War 1 & 2.
Chris Vowles of Canadian Roots, a prime mover behind the memorial, hosted the ceremony with Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel representing Canada. Rev David S Farrant, chaplain to the Combined Ex-Services Association (CESA), led the prayers. Honoured guests included Tim Loughton MP, the Mayor & Mayoress of Worthing and the Chair of Adur District Council
Worthing Mayor Bob Smytherman said: “I was hugely proud to be part of a very special dedication service to this new memorial, that will provide a very special focal point for those many Worthing residents with a very personal connection to family and friends from across the Atlantic in Canada.”
After the moving ceremony everyone was treated to a flypast by Peter Teichman piloting his own Curtis P-40 Kittyhawk. Peter made several passes accepting the waves of the crowds.
Chris Vowles said: “It was fantastic, the people of Worthing did us proud. We had people from as far as Spain and Scotland who made the journey to attend and they were all very impressed with the memorial service and Kittyhawk display.
“Everyone who spoke to us thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“We couldn’t have asked for more, even the sun shone.”
Canadian Roots have produced a DVD of the memorial service which is available for £5.00 plus post and packing. To order go to their website: http://www.canadianrootsuk.org/