On 16th June 2020, Seaford Town Council provided a virtual Sussex Day celebration
Although Covid-19 restrictions meant that disappointingly a physical Sussex Day event could not take place this year, on 16th June, Seaford Town Council hosted a virtual celebration.
This virtual event invited Seaford residents to celebrate Sussex Day from the comfort of their own homes. Celebrations kick started with Seaford Contemporary Illustrators & Printmakers (SCIP) creating a video artist tutorial with Jane Robins. SCIP hosted a collage competition inspired by the tutorial and there were lots of entries and two incredible winners. Well done to all who entered!
The flag was raised, complying with the Government’s Covid-19 guidance, with only six attending and keeping at a 2-meter social distance. This was led by the Seaford Town Crier, Peter White, who read the official ‘Sussex Day Charter’ for all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex, celebrating the rites and traditions of Sussex. This was followed by the Town Cryer’s own more humorous ‘Sussex Day Cry’, which gave a potted history of the origins of the celebration which marks the festival of St. Richard of Chichester. The Mayor of Seaford Cllr Rodney Reed, Mayoress and Consort Mrs Ann Reed, Flag Volunteer Cllr Dave Argent, and Seaford Lifeguard’s Peter Gwilliam attended the flag raising – thank you to Mrs Pat White for taking the photographs.
A huge thank you to all involved in raising the flags and in organising the virtual celebration. A special thanks to the Martello Museum for raising the Sussex flag and decorating the Tower with bunting; to SCIP for creating the tutorial; to Artwave for promoting the competition; and to Onneke who allowed Seaford Town Council to share images of her popular Sussex artwork on the lead up to Sussex Day.