Sheila Hancock opens garden

Sheila Hancock was in Seaford to open the Peace Garden.
Sheila Hancock was in Seaford to open the Peace Garden.

ACTRESS Sheila Hancock was welcomed to Seaford as she officially opened the town’s Peace Garden.

The feature, situated in the Crouch Gardens, was created where Seaford Quakers could hold peace vigils and outdoor meetings in a quiet environment.

The area, also for the public to enjoy, includes a steel statue, peace pole, benches and a letter carving in Portland stone - some with messages of peace etched into them.

The Peace Garden was funded with donations from different organisations, including Seaford Town Council, and money raised by the Quakers.

On Sunday Sheila Hancock cut a celebration cake alongside Seaford mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven and the day was enjoyed by about 150 people.

Ralph Taylor, of Seaford Quakers, said, “Sheila Hancock was lovely. One of the things she talked about was how she used to have a caravan at Cuckmere Haven when she was first famous. She needed to get away from the fame in London.

“She talked about how lovely the garden is. She is a Quaker and she said how important it was to have somewhere to get away.”