Blue and gold martlets on the Sussex Flag flew next to Uckfield Civic Centre on Sussex Day thanks to town councillor Jackie Love.
Efforts are being made to raise awareness of the county’s special day, June 16, and Jackie was sent the five foot by three foot flag after winning a competition on the Sussex Flag Facebook page by saying she would “smile sweetly at our town clerk and ask for it to be raised outside Uckfield Civic Centre”.
June 16 was adopted as Sussex Day in 2007 to celebrate the heritage and culture of the county. The the date was already marked in churches across the county as St Richard’s Day, named after the county’s patron saint.
The flag flew in Uckfield on Saturday and Jackie, who is chair of Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society, is also hoping it will be carried on the lead vehicle on the town’s carnival night in September.
She hopes too that in future that Uckfield town crier Ian Bedwell will read aloud the Sussex Charter.
The charter says:
For all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex.
Let it be known: the 16th of 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.
Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for the maintenance of those boundaries that join to those of our neigjbours.
Let it be known, the people of Sussex shall recognise the inshore waters that lie inside a line drawn from Beachy Head, and extending to Selsey Bill as being the Bay of Sussex.
Let it be known, the people of Sussex will undertake responsibility for the general wellbeing of our neighbours.
Let it be known the people of Sussex shall be guardians of our wildlife.
Let it be known the people of Sussex will, through custom support all local business.
Finally, let it be known, as guardians of Sussex, we all know Sussex is Sussex … and Sussex wunt be druv!
In God we trust.
God Save the Queen.
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