Sussex Day on June 16 is an annual celebration of all things Sussex, marked here with pictures from talented young Sussex photographer Ben Muir. And this year is particularly poignant.
Surprisingly for such an historic part of England, Sussex Day dates back to only 2007 – the brainchild of county enthusiast Ian Steedman. Ian – known as Mr Sussex – died earlier this year at the age of 74.
Ian, who lived in Worthing, was known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Brighton and Sussex and his love of the county. On his suggestion, the Sussex Charter is read out on this day every year. To honour Ian’s memory, we publish the charter in full:
For all the people of the ancient kingdom of Sussex! Let it be known: the 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.
Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for the maintenance of those boundaries that join to those of our neighbours.
Let it be known all the people of Sussex shall be responsible for all the environs within those boundaries.
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 Kelsey 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 won’t be druv! In God we trust. God Save the King!
Look out for the Sussex flag – blue with six yellow martlets – flying above public buildings.
Happy Sussex Day! And long may the celebrations continue.
Thanks to Ben Muir and to Bruce Smeath for curating the photo essay.