The show must go on ... but it can’t without local support.
The Children’s Moving On Parade will hit the streets of Lewes again in July, celebrating its 12th consecutive year.
More than 400 children from 15 local primary schools will all be celebrating together their moving on to secondary school.
However, Patina, the organisation behind the parade, struggles to find enough support from sponsors and well wishers to cover the production costs of this spectacular and unique Lewes tradition.
The Moving On Parade is a much-loved and hugely popular annual event, but it relies on contributions from the participating schools and from local businesses each year in order to survive.
Mark Robertson, the Director of Patina, explained: “The children, and their parents and teachers, have been great in recent years in fundraising to cover the cost of working with artists and buying materials, but it’s the other production costs that we always struggle to cover.
“The infrastructure to put on the event safely has to be put in place every year and it now includes managing the road closures and traffic management schemes ourselves.
“We spend a lot of time raising money ourselves through various events, but we are always looking for local businesses and business people who can make a contribution – however small.
“We have some very generous businesses in the town but we don’t like to always go back to the same people every year, and want to spread the load as much as possible.”
Mark continued: “In previous years we have managed to identify a lead sponsor, like Waitrose, Rees Elliot, and Brewers for example, but this has proven impossible in the last four years and we struggle to produce the event as a result. If any one wants to talk to us about the possibility of sponsorship or becoming a ‘Well Wisher’, we would love to hear from them.”
The theme for this year’s event will be decided in the next couple of weeks – but is likely to be related to water. “We plan to make quite a splash!” added Mark.
To get in touch, just email Mark or Davina at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to know more about Patina, The Children’s Moving On Parade and how you can get involved, go to www.patinalewes.com
Elsewhere in July, the Wivelsfield Village Day will be staged on the 13th at the Recreation Ground in Eastern Road. Attractions will include Harris’ traditional funfair, bouncy castles, a miniature steam railway and mini club cars.