Sussex Day celebrated in Alfriston

The Pentacle Drummers in Alfriston
The Pentacle Drummers in Alfriston

Sussex Day was celebrated in Alfriston on Sunday June 14 with performances from the Pentacle Drummers, local food and Victorian fairground rides.

This is the second year in which the Alfriston events team has created an event for the day, which is usually celebrated on June 16.

The day included local food producers, craft and charity stalls which set up around the Tye.

Debbie Exley from Alfriston events team said, “A performance area in the middle of the Tye was where the outstanding Hunter’s Moon Morris Men entertained the crowds along with the Pentacle Drummers and The Honk Project’s “Alby and Doris” at different intervals through out the day.

“The beautiful sound of the Southdown Singers could also be heard around the Tye as they sung in the shadows of the South Downs.

“The rain stayed away and the sun came out as people filled the village to celebrate everything Sussex.”

Eastbourne Town Hall also flew the Sussex Flag on Tuesday, to mark the county’s special day.

The date for Sussex Day was chosen because it is St Richard’s Day, the patron saint of Sussex.

It marks the life of St Richard, who was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 until his death in 1253.

Sussex Day was first celebrated in 2007. The flag of Sussex was registered in May 2011.

The flag represents the whole of Sussex and is based on the traditional emblem of Sussex, six gold martlets on a blue field.

This emblem was first used by cartographer John Speed in 1611, as the emblem of the Kingdom of the South Saxons.

Sussex, of course, has its own dialect with expressions such as ‘we wunt be druv’ (we won’t be driven’).

According to one source, there are 30 different terms for mud in the county’s dialect.

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