On Sunday 16th June a short ceremony, organised by Seaford Town Council, will be held near the Martello Tower on Seaford seafront in honour of Sussex Day. The event will be running from 11- 4pm.
At 12 noon, Seaford Town Crier, Peter White, will cry ‘The Sussex Day Cry’ followed by a more humorous Seaford version!
The Mayor of Seaford will then raise the Sussex flag next to the Lifeguards huts near the Martello Kiosk. We are also very fortunate to have other local dignitaries and The Seaford Silver Band playing, and the Pop Up’s Singers, and everyone will have the opportunity to join in with the singing of ‘Sussex by the Sea’. Song sheets will be available!
Residents and visitors alike will all be very welcome to come and join in with this unique celebration and stay to listen to the Pop Up’s who will be continuing to entertain afterwards.
New for this year, Seaford Town Council have invited local crafters to join the Sussex Day celebrations and they will have stalls on the Promenade around the Martello Tower. There are a few places left. If you are a local craft business and wish to have a stall, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and booking form.
Sussex Day is the county day for the historic county of Sussex and is traditionally observed on 16 June each year to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Sussex.
The event takes place on St Richard’s Day, the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex’s patron saint. The date marks the anniversary of the translation of St Richard’s body from its original burial place in the nave of Chichester Cathedral to an elaborate shrine at the Cathedral on 16 June 1276.
The idea of Sussex Day originally came from a Worthing resident who suggested it to the leader of West Sussex County Council in 2006. Sussex Day was first officially recognised in 2007.