After months of planning the Dedication of the Memorial Stone in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Beach House Park took place on Friday 10th November 2023 to coincide with the Remembrance Weekend.
The unveiling was attended by His Worship The Mayor of Worthing Cllr Jon Roser, Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, and Mr Lionel Harman Secretary to the Royal Naval Association, Vice Chair of the Royal British Legion, and representing the Veterans of Worthing.
Battling the rain, a welcome Introduction to the event by Susan Belton Chairman of the Worthing Society, who talked about the late Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative’ and the planting of the Worthing Society Memorial Tree, ‘Malas Sylvestris, in December 2021.’
This is a long-living crab apple tree which shows pink blossom in the Spring.’ The dedication of both the tree and the Memorial Stone was made possible following generous donations to the Society.
His Worship the Mayor gave an address, stating he was honoured to represent Worthing Borough Council.
Tim Loughton MP, spoke about the Queen’s two visits to Worthing one of which was when she was Princess Elizabeth, and the prospect of inviting King Charles III to the town to see the memorial stone. Mr Loughton went on to speak of the Queen’s concern about climate change and her love of the natural world. The Queen was in the ATS during the war years, which may well be where her love of the natural world was embedded. As Princess Elizabeth, she opened Courtlands Convalescent Home in 1951 and visited Durrington High School in 1999.
Mr Lionel Harman talked about the late Queen’s service to our Nation and the Commonwealth, and the pride felt by service personnel past and present who work tirelessly to protect the Traditions, Values, and freedoms we all enjoy today that were so important to her late majesty.
The occasion felt especially poignant coming the day before Armistice Day with all the troubles around the world at the moment and it was a good time to reflect on the peacekeeping role played by our Armed Forces.
The Mayor then unveiled the memorial Stone with applause from all present. It should also be noted that the skill of the stonemason Graham Baker, working under such poor weather conditions ensured the event could take place on time.
Mrs Belton also extended sincere thanks to Liam Lord and the Parks Team for their hard work in supporting the event.
The Worthing Society hopes this Memorial will offer a quiet space to remember the late Queen and reflect on her life of duty.
Social Secretary for the Worthing Society