Saturday 23rd April marks 100 years of the St. George’s Day Service held at Chichester Cathedral.
The anniversary has been commemorated by the Regiment, and now The Regimental Association, at Chichester Cathedral since 1922 following the cathedral’s dedication of St. George’s Chapel, The Regimental Chapel, on 11 November 1921. The dedication of the chapel gave veterans of the regiment and also relatives of the fallen from the first world war, a place they could visit in quiet contemplation.
To commemorate this meaningful milestone with dignity, solemnity and ceremony, The Regimental Association has arranged a parade from Priory Park to the St. George’s Day Service led by the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment Band.
The parade will commence at 11.00am from Priory Park and march via Guildhall Street and North Street to the Assembly Rooms, where the Mayor of Chichester will take the salute before joining. Mayors from most of the regiment’s Freedom Towns; Arundel, Brighton, Chichester, Hastings, Hove, Lewes, and Worthing will form the parade. They will be followed by the Association Branch Standards and veterans from the Royal Sussex and Queen’s Regiments, and a contingent from the Sussex Army Cadet Force.
The service will be led by the Dean of Chichester with Her Majesty the Queen’s representatives in attendance as well as those involved in the parade, Sussex MP’s, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council leaders, Sussex Police Chief Constable and invited living relatives of soldiers who were killed in The Great War.