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Press Release after the Mayors Carol Service

Submitted on 15 December 2017 by STC Officers

The service was organised by Seaford Town Council and St Andrew’s Church and was led by Father Trevor Smyth. The Mayor was pleased to welcome along the Deputy Lieutenant of Sussex, Miss Veronica Hamilton-Deeley.   Also accepting the Mayor’s invite and able to join the service were the Seaford Young Mayor, Thomas Exley, and Deputy Young Mayor, Dominic Avey, local County, District and Town Councillors, local MP Maria Caulfield and the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Michael Ensor. The Mayor of Newhaven Cllr June Dyer and Mayor of Peacehaven Cllr Brian Gosling, and other representatives of local charities, members of the community and regular parishioners were also welcomed to join in with the festivities. 

Sergeant-at-Mace, Peter White, lead the dignitaries and clergy into the church for the service.  It was opened by Fr Trevor Smyth who welcomed everyone and lead the opening prayers.  Readings were made by Mr Bob Peedle MBE, Mrs Ann Abbott and Cllr Dave Argent. 

In the Mayor’s address Cllr Linda Wallraven thanked everyone for attending and spoke about the progress of the funds raised for her chosen charity, the  Seaford Lifeguards.  To date almost £3,000 has been raised, which will be a huge assistance as their annual running costs are around £9,000. The Mayor reminded all that the lifeguards consist entirely of volunteers who give their own time to provide this vital service for the users of Seaford’s beach – a truly admirable undertaking

The service closed following further Prayers and Blessing by Revd Andrew Mayers, before a retiring collection for the Mayors Charity, which raised a staggering £220!

Refreshments were served in the neighbouring Parish Hall afterwards.

Speaking after the service the Mayor Cllr Wallraven said-

'It was a lovely traditional Carol Service giving the meaning of Christmas and enjoyed by all in the beautiful ancient church of St. Andrew's.  Thank you to everyone who took part and those who donated.’

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