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Today – Tuesday 16 June 2020 – is Sussex Day and we are flying the flag at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Traditionally, on Sussex Day, readings of the Sussex Charter have taken place at some towns in Sussex, including Crowborough, Heathfield, Newhaven and Petworth

 

Sussex Charter

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 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 won’t be druv!

In God we trust.

God Save the Queen!

“We wunt be druv” is the unofficial county motto of Sussex. it is a Sussex dialect phrase meaning “we will not be driven”. The motto asserts that people from the English county of Sussex have minds of their own, and cannot be forced against their will or told what to do.

 

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