We're proud to celebrate Sussex Day!
As a Sussex based company and home to many of our employees, Goldstar IT Consultancy recognises Sussex Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Sussex.
The history of Sussex and Sussex Day
Each year, on the 16th of June, the day is celebrated in honor of St. Richard of Chichester, who is the patron saint of Sussex. This date coincides with St. Richard’s Day, which is the feast day dedicated to him. The official recognition of this celebration took place in 2007, following a suggestion from a resident of Worthing to the West Sussex County Council.
The flag itself was registered in 2010. It depicts six gold martlets on a blue field, representing the six ancient sub-divisions (or Rapes) of the country. Chichester, incorporating Bognor Regis, Selsey and Midhurst. Arundel incorporating Littlehampton. Bramber, with Worthing, Horsham, Crawley (west), Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Steyning included. Lewes featuring Brighton and Hove, Crawley (centre and east), Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Telscombe. Pevensey, including Eastbourne, Seaford, East Grinstead, Crowborough, Hailsham, Uckfield and Heathfield and finally Hastings, including Bexhill-on-Sea, Rye and Battle.
Starting from 2013, the flag has been proudly raised in each of the six ancient sub-divisions of Sussex during the week leading up to the 16th of June. The flag can be seen flying above notable locations such as the Council House in Chichester, Maltravers Street in Arundel, St. Nicholas’ Church in Bramber and Pevensey, as well as Lewes Castle and Hastings Castle. This tradition showcases the county’s pride and unity, as each location represents its respective historic division within Sussex.
Each year more towns get involved and raise the flag on the 16th June. This year sees celebrations in Peacehaven, Seaford, Newhaven, Bexhill-on-Sea, Petworth, Shoreham, Slindon and Worthing. Furthermore at Newhaven in East Sussex and Petworth in West Sussex, the Sussex Charter is read aloud. More recently “Sussex-by-the-Sea”, the unofficial county anthem is also performed.
Unique in the South East
Not just a rural extension of London, Sussex boasts a rich and distinctive culture like no other. The last Anglo-Saxon kingdom to adopt Christianity, Sussex stands apart with cultural distinctiveness spanning centuries from England. Geographical factors influenced its distinctiveness: southern sea, northern Weald sticky clay and forests, and coastal marshes east and west. These all played their part in the county escaping vast insurgence of Norse influence. With the Germanic culture of South Saxons remaining far more intact than elsewhere in England.
The people of the county have long been recognised for their independent thinking and a strong aversion to being controlled. This is reflected in the county motto “We wunt be druv” or “we won’t be driven.” This motto symbolises Sussex’s steadfast determination to maintain their autonomy and resist undue influence. This reputation extends to the admiration of the independence and toleration of others. Other long standing characterisations include the sharp, shrewd, stubborn Weald Folk and the more deferential Downs folk.
Sussex’s celebrations of art, music and culture
Even today these long established characteristics are present in the celebrations of the county. Strong traditions of bonfire celebrations, proud musical heritage and the colourful and creative are all present. They are well represented by Brighton Festival and Fringe, (England’s largest arts festival). Drama and the theatre take centre stage in many of the coastal towns from Hastings in the east to Chichester in the West. Brighton Pride is one of the UK’s largest and longest running gay pride parades. This vibrant expression of independence and acceptance is repeated with events now taking place in Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing. Hastings’ Fat Tuesday, Jack in the Green and Carnival events are great examples, bringing colour and fun to Sussex.
Commercial diversity from creativity to crops
Although the regional commitment to creativity extends to commerce, Sussex has retained much of its agricultural heritage. Apart from the coastal strip and Gatwick Diamond it has few large towns but its commercial diversity is vast. The county’s proximity to London is attractive. It’s strong economical and transportation infrastructure make it an attractive proposition for businesses in all industries. The Sussex Chamber of Commerce is an example of a highly active organisation in the area. It shares our vision to support business growth, champion important issues, and actively drive sustainable economic growth in the county.
These are just some of the reasons Goldstar celebrate Sussex Day. As Sussex Zoho Consultants and Digital Transformation experts we work with local businesses who share the same drive and focus. We see the opportunities to grow new business opportunities, develop skills, knowledge and expertise in the region to nurture a brighter and better future. We look to discover new prospects both in and for businesses in the region to support their local, national and international growth.
Above all, we invest in our team and place them at the heart of our operations, ensuring that we prioritise celebrating our heritage and culture. We also dedicate time to honour our achievements, much like Sussex Day celebrates the accomplishments of the county.