Standing aloft the skyline of Arundel, is the solitary figure of a soldier, rifle in hand, adorned with a vivid red poppy.
This poignant figure acts a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice of War.
Arundel, as a town, are fully embracing the WW1 centenary through the ‘There but not There’ campaign and it’s educational programme. An additional stunning Tommy, which is 3 metres tall and weighs approx. 800kg has been made by Littlehampton Welding and installed by WH Transport. The original Tommy that was cut from the steel plate is installed at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, headquarters of ‘There But not There’ and the template is now in place in Arundel.
Arundel Town Council has showed its commitment for the cause with the installation of 93 haunting silhouettes, which is the biggest installation of its kind in the South East, at Arundel Cathedral and St Nicholas Church. Arundel Museum will be displaying the exhibition, ‘Arundel in the Great War’ which has uncovered some fascinating stories about local individuals. The Baptist church will be displaying poppies bearing the names of soldiers fallen and is hosting a nostalgic lunch with war time food and music. Special Bell ringing planned at St Nicholas Church as well as the Town Crier’s ‘Cry of Peace’.
Mayor of Arundel, Cllr Lucy Ashworth comments, “In this special centenary year, the Arundel community has worked together to pay tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives in War. As you enter the town, from either direction, you will see the most incredible Tommy figures which sets the scene for the whole town. ‘Arundel Remembers’ incorporates a series of events which the town has put together to ensure that all generations continue to appreciate the loss of life in battle and the impact it had on a small town such as ours. The Royal British Legion will be conducting a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day, 11th November at 10.45am at the War Memorial in the town square. The service will feature readers from St Philips Catholic School and Arundel Church of England School together with the Arundel Cathedral Choir and St Nicholas Church Choir with the laying of wreaths from those in service in the presence of His Grace, the Duke of Norfolk. I hope that residents will gather for this special service and afterwards join Arundel Town Council, with the support of the Rotary Club and Scouts, to view the exhibition at the museum and hear the Southdown band by the river at Jubilee Gardens. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to Arundel Remembers programme as it portrays a fitting tribute from the town.”