Norman Baker MP column: Jazzer Roy would have been amused by musical number

Last week I was delighted to open a new facility in Seaford, Inklusion Print.

It is a social enterprise, promoted by the special school St John’s, which as many will know provides education, therapy and residential care for children and young people who have complex needs and a range of learning difficulties.

As the well-judged name implies, this is indeed a printing facility, but one with a difference – offering challenged students from the school a chance to acquire skills and find a way through to employment and an income.

The building itself, in Brooklyn Road, has been transformed from a dingy derelict unit into something light and spacious, with new glass doors and white walls.

But it is what goes on in the building that is the real gain.

With a generous grant from the Karten Trust to get the show on the road, there is a wide range of printing services on offer, using up to date technology, and a great learning and enhancing experience for the students.

If you need any printing done, why not ask them for a quote?

Immediately after my visit to Inklusion, I was off to Polegate for an event I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

This was the chance to help the town’s mayor Malcolm Cunningham dedicate a key thoroughfare to the town’s veteran and much-loved Lib Dem councillor who died earlier this year.

“Roy Martin Way” has now been added to the list of streets in the town, which will justifiably be a permanent mark of respect to the man who did so much for his constituents and for the town he loved.

Of course Roy being an avid “jazzer”, I thought he would have wanted a bit of music for the occasion so I cajoled the assembled masses of family and friends on the pavement into a rendition of When You’re Smiling, one of Roy’s favourite numbers.

If he was watching, I think he will have been amused.