Moving On, Lewes Style!

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This Friday is the hotly-anticipated Moving On Parade!

The theme that 500 children from 17 primary schools will dress up in is ‘Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside’.


Time: Parade, 12.30-1.15pm; Party in the Paddock, 1.20-2.45pm – featuring music by Starfish Youth Music bands.

Place: The parade starts at The Paddock. It trails down Lewes High Street, along Market Street, and then heads back to The Paddock.

Organised by: PATINA,

Donations: The organisers and their sponsors raise £12,000 a year to bring this special event to life. Production, materials, coordination and local artists’ time all cost something! This year PATINA has put in place a text donation service. Text: PATN13 and £2, £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate (e.g. PATIN13 £5)

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I met Mark Robertson, Parade Coordinator, at the Swan’s Vinyl Thursday last week. He was selling raffle tickets to a squiffy crowd that included me. He said people often don’t know about the parade.

So I offered to do a Little Lewes shout-out. I really hope it helps with that.

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2013 marks the 12th year that children have transformed the High Street into a carnival. And all to celebrate their transition from primary to secondary school.

It’s organised by PATINA (Parents and Teachers in the Arts), an energetic, admirably committed group of parents, artists, teachers and local business people. They want to nurture the creativity and culture so many of us feel is important in young people’s lives.

Yesterday one of the team delivered a disc to me – see, admirable commitment! The images are from the 2012 parade, themed ‘Let the Games Begin’ in honour of the Olympics. They were taken by Lewes photographer Tom Reeves of Edward Reeves at 159 High Street.

This is to give you a flavour of what to expect this year. I haven’t been before (Mark’s point is validated right there!). But I’m taking my boys.

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I think it’s as exciting for toddlers and babies as it is for kid-kids. Expect tweens dressed as anything from ferris wheels to pirate ships to sharks to seagulls.

Colour! Music! Laugther! Dancing! Yay, yay! Let’s all go!

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Here are some more pictures… All images on this post are copyright Edward Reeves, Lewes.

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