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Seaside magazine commissions WWI memorial

A community magazine has played a frontline role in bringing a Great War memorial to a seaside town.

The Worthing Journal commissioned two glass windows to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Worthing mayor Vic Walker unveiled the tribute on the town’s pier before a crowd of ex-servicemen and sea cadets who formed a guard of honour.

Journal editor Paul Holden commissioned the windows from glass designer Siobhan Jones, of The Forge Gallery, High Street, Worthing.

Paul purchased one of the windows, and Siobhan donated the second free of charge.

In addition the monthly’s readers gave 40 Union, England, Scottish, Welsh and Sussex standards worth about £2,000 which are now flying over the promenade and pier. And over the past decade, flags worth around £20,000 have been donated.

Paul said: “The seafront is Worthing’s shop window and was looking sadly neglected, but with the help of readers we have transformed it into an attractive area.

“Readers turned up in droves to plant the seafront flower beds, which have been widely acclaimed as lovely and a vast improvement.

“It even inspired Worthing Borough Council to set aside £10,000 for further cosmetic improvements this year, with hopefully another £10,000 to follow next

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  • August 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    And that’s just the start of the story – supports the town ceaselessly – well done The Worthing Journal and thank you.

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