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Magazine commissions glass window for war anniversary

A monthly news and history magazine launched by a former weekly newspaper editor has commissioned a glass window to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

It hoped that the memorial, paid for by the Worthing Journal, will be unveiled on the town’s pier in August – to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the Great War.

Designs for the window have been drawn up by artist Siobhan Jones and it will be made of either stained or fused glass.

Editor Paul Holden, who was previously editor of the Worthing Sentinel, has also written a book about Worthing and the Great War and also devoted 70 per cent of November’s issue to the conflict and its impact on the West Sussex seaside resort.

It is hoped that the memorial will be unveiled on the town's pier in August

The issue was turned into two standing banners which were now being displayed at schools around the town where Paul had been giving talks on the 1914-18 war.

“The Great War had such an incredible impact on Worthing, which lost more than 660 men, and one woman, in the conflict,” he said.

“I have spent 30 years telling their stories and hope this window will be a fitting and lasting tribute to the legions of soldiers, sailors and airmen who never came back.”

In April, the magazine is launching its annual seafront appeal to deck out the promenade and pier  with Union and England flags.

Since the appeal was launched a decade ago, flags worth more than £17,000 had been donated by readers of The Journal and the now defunct Worthing Sentinel.

The magazine is also staging its annual orange and lemon flingathon on 9 March, at 2pm.

The event remembers the 1901 Indiana fruit wreck, when tens of thousands of oranges and lemons washed up on the beach.