Petworth celebrates Sussex Day in style

C111033-1 JPOS Mid Pet Sussex  Photo Louise Adams''Petworth town cryer Mike Hubbard Siings Sussex by the sea with local councillors at the Sussex Day celebrations.

C111033-1 JPOS Mid Pet Sussex Photo Louise Adams''Petworth town cryer Mike Hubbard Siings Sussex by the sea with local councillors at the Sussex Day celebrations.

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Sussex Day may go unnoticed in a lot of the county’s communities, but never in Petworth.

Steeped in history as the town is, since the special day was launched on June 16 2007, to celebrate the rich heritage of Sussex, Petworth has never failed to acknowledge it.

Town crier Mike Hubbard, resplendent in his ceremonial outfit, was the man responsible for spreading the word.

Ringing his bell, he went round the town on Thursday last week, proclaiming the significance of the day and inviting all who heard him to head to St Mary’s parish church for a celebratory cup of tea or coffee, with biscuits, all provided free by Petworth Town Council.

At noon, Mike read out the Sussex Charter – a compendium of do’s and don’ts for people in the county – and the event finished with hearty singing of Sussex by the Sea.

Town clerk Jean Huggett said: “Petworth has always made something of Sussex Day since it started. It’s a bit of fun.”

June 16 was chosen as it is the Feast of St Richard, the county’s patron saint.