A First World War battle known as ‘The Day Sussex Died’ will be honoured on Saturday (12th May 2018) when the Mayor of Richebourg is granted the freedom of the borough of Worthing.
The Mayor, Gerard Delahaye, and schoolchildren and officials from Pas-de-Calais, will visit Worthing to receive the award from the Mayor of Worthing Councillor Alex Harman.
Cllr Harman said: “Honouring the town of Richebourg by bestowing the the freedom of the borough of Worthing upon the Mayor’s office is long overdue. It’s important to not only remember the past, but also look to the future.”
“I’m very proud that this has been brought forward during my year as Mayor.”
Officially known as the Battle of Boar’s Head, the battle which so affected the county took place on 30th June 1916. In less than five hours more than 1,300 soldiers from the three South Downs Battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment were either killed, wounded, captured or missing. Of the 366 who died, 22 were from Worthing.
The freedom will officially be bestowed during a ceremony in Worthing Town Hall. It will be proceeded by a short commemoration service at the Battle of Boar’s Head memorial in Beach House Park.
During the visit, a Royal Sussex Regiment flag, paid for by Chris Coopey, president of Worthing Adur Chamber of Commerce, will fly outside Worthing Town Hall.
The weekend will also see an unveiling of a piece of collaboratively-designed stained glass on Worthing Pier.
The glass was jointly designed by the students from Chatsmore Catholic High School, Worthing, Ecole Marcel Lejosne and Ecole du Sacré Cœur in Richebourg. A duplicate piece of glass will also be presented to the town of Richebourg.