WHAT SUSSEX MEANS TO US

Over six decades of [East] Sussex

To celebrate the first anniversary of Sussex Bylines’ inaugural issue, we asked some of our key contributors to write a short piece on the subject of “What Sussex Means to Me”. From memories of being a student at the newly built Sussex University in the sixties while living in shabby digs in Brighton, to the enduring ancient magic of bonfire night in Lewes, our writers have submitted a wonderfully eclectic mix of mini personal essays…

A glider flies over the South Downs near Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex
A glider flies over the South Downs near Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex. Photo by Katrina Best

What [East] Sussex means to me…

  • 1950s: family trips to the seaside
  • 1960s: boarding school [yes, I know!]
  • 1970s: met and married my wife; started family
  • 2000s: visits to now adult children and grandchildren
  • 2010s: living in Wealden, retired and able to again enjoy the Downs, the sea, the flowers
  • 2020s: writing for Sussex Bylines

…whilst at no time having an MP for whom I had voted!

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