SUSSEX Day was brought to Bexhill Museum with a flourish when Rother member Cllr Paul Lendon rang the bell for the county.
Stalls in the museum’s Education Room were selling everything Sussex – from Sussex flags to illustrated maps drawn specially by Brady Ells of Heathfield.
Libby Powell had produced a ?Sussex S Factor? display featuring dozens of county landmarks and attractions, from Bexhill’s Colonnade to Bodiam Castle, the Bluebell Line to Beachy Head. Entrants in Libby’s competition had to establish how many of the illustrated features began with the letter S.
Sandra Melvin was modelling a natty line in t-shirts incorporating both Sussex Day and Bexhill motifs.
Both the Town Hall and the De La Warr Pavilion were flying the yellow and blue Sussex flag, with its six mythical Martlet birds.
Accompanied by Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield, Cllr Lendon later proclaimed the Sussex Charter from the Town Hall steps:
For all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex!
Let it be known: the 16 June of each and every year shall be known as Sussex Day.
Sussex day shall be celebrated according to the rites and traditions of Sussex.
Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for the maintenance of those boundaries that join to those of our neighbours.
Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for all the environs within those boundaries.
Let it be known, the people of Sussex shall recognise the inshore waters that lie inside a line drawn from Beachy Head and extending to Selsey Bill as being, the Bay of Sussex.
Let it be known, the people of Sussex will undertake responsibility for the general well-being of our neighbours.
Let it be known the people of Sussex shall be guardians of our wildlife.
Let it be known the people of Sussex will, through custom support all local business.
Finally, let it be known, as guardians of Sussex, we all know Sussex is Sussex ? and Sussex won’t be druv!
In God we trust.
God Save the Queen!
Cllr Lendon has long been urging Bexhill to take up the cause of rejoicing in its heritage as part of Sussex. Sussex Day is the county day for Sussex and is celebrated on 16 June each year to celebrate the county’s rich heritage and culture.
June 16 is the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, the county’s patron saint. The date marks the ?translation? of the saint’s body from its original burial place in the nave of Chichester Cathedral to an elaborate shrine in the cathedral on June 16, 1276.
Sussex Day has been celebrated since the idea put forward by Worthing resident Ian Steedman was taken up by West Sussex County Council in 2007.