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Sunny Seaford's Sussex Day Celebrations!

Submitted on 21 June 2018 by STC Officers

On Saturday 16th June, Seaford celebrated Sussex Day near the Martello Tower in Seaford.  Seaford Town Council would like to thank all those who participated in making this small but significant event possible.

The celebration of Sussex was led by 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 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.  References were made to the local Roman History, the rise of the Cinque Ports, and how Seaford has also been invaded by Sahara dust!  Seaford has also welcomed over the centuries French Huguenots, Sudanese refugees and Canadian and Afro-Caribbean soldiers to Seaford Camps, and the Tour of Britain’s cyclists to Seaford, ‘but only for 90 seconds!’

Famous landmarks were recognised, as well as famous people such as Vera Lynn and inventors of Sussex Pond pudding, Banoffee Pie, television and motor racing, as well as the Seaford inventors that had ‘given the world Dyselxia’, and the craftspeople who produced The Shoal community bench at Splash point.

The Mayor of Seaford raised the Sussex Flag to mark the occasion, in the presence of local dignitaries, locals and visitors alike.

The Seaford Silver Band volunteered to play at the event, but unfortunately the wind conditions meant they had to retreat to the moat at the Martello Museum. The crowd that had gathered were invited to listen to a continued performance and would like to thank them for continuing despite the conditions.

Quote of Mayor of Seaford – Cllr Linda Wallraven.

“For many years I’ve attended the Sussex Day celebration, which these days has a good gathering of people.  Our very own Town Crier Mr. Peter White started the proceedings with the Sussex Charter followed by the Seaford version with his usual expertise, then we all sang ‘Sussex by the Sea’ unaccompanied.  Unfortunately, the Seaford Silver Band had to retreat to the moat of the Martello Tower because of the blustery conditions where they played for a while, which was very enjoyable”

 

 From left to right, Mayors Consort, Liz Holland, The Seaford Mayor, Cllr Linda Wallraven, Freeman of Seaford Laurie Holland, Seaford Town Crier, Peter White

 

 Seaford Silver Band

 

 Seaford Town Crier, Peter White

 

 From Left to right : Dom Avey, Young Mayor of Seaford and Liz Holland, Mayors Consort

 

 

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