The Sussex Charter says ‘Let it be known: 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.’
Whether or not it’s in accordance with the rites and traditions of Sussex we are not sure, but Sussex Day is certainly being celebrated in style in Worthing next weekend.
Worthing rites and traditions are definitely invoked at the opening event on Friday (June 13th) at the Mayor Making when Mayor Bob Smytherman hands over to the new Mayor Vic Walker. Our thanks go out to Bob and our best wishes to Vic for the coming year.
On Saturday (June 14th) the day kicks off with the Children’s Parade at 10.00 am from Denton Gardens via Montague Street and Warwick Street to Steyne Gardens.
And then it’s party time at noon with the ever popular Party on the Prom organised by Tom Wye and his team on, you’ve guessed it, Worthing promenade – from Splash Point to the Lido.
The riot act will be read during the Victorian Community Play ‘The Just Cause’ at 2.00 pm at Christ Church in Grafton Road. Written and directed by Ann Feloy it promises to be a rollicking good riot.
If that’s not enough it’s the first weekend of the Worthing Art Trail which is combined with Worthing Open Houses. Over 400 artists are exhibiting and 50 venues are opening their doors to the art loving public on both Saturday and Sunday.
And there’s more on Sunday (June 15th) when Sussex Day is being celebrated a day early in Worthing Town Centre with live music, Sussex produce, Worthing Emporium and real ale.
Sunday also sees the start of the Worthing World of Words Festival (WOW) celebrating the joy of words, film, theatre and books. Worthing WOW will be at various venues around the town for the whole week.
Worthing Daily will flesh out more details during this week on this happening weekend.
Be there – stick around like your fellow county citizens, as in the closing words of the Sussex Charter, “and Sussex won’t be druv!”