The East Dean & Friston War Memorial Recreation Ground has been awarded Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust Status.
A plaque was unveiled at the ground in Gilbert’s Drive before a large crowd of parents and children enjoying a barbecue end to the church holiday club week.
The parish council began the bid for status almost two years ago and had to demonstrate the ground was widely used as sports facility in the village. The ground is home to East Dean & Friston Cricket Club and also tennis courts and a children’s playground.
The plaque was unveiled by Sue Windsor whose recently deceased hushand Dave worked hard for improvements to the ground in his chairmanship roles for the Cricket Club and the parish council’s Recreation Ground Committee.
Parish council chairman Robert Paige welcomed the status award, explaining it would give the recreation ground even greater protection than it becoming defined as a village green.
Picture: Sue Windsor and Robert Paige in front of the new Field in Status plaque (AP0310024)