Lewes set for Moving On Parade

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This year the Moving On Parade in Lewes celebrates its 12th year and in keeping with the arrival of holiday weather is appropriately themed ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!’

Don’t miss this unique event today (Friday) at 12.30pm as 450 young people transform Lewes High Street into a moving river of colour, rhythm, dance and music.

The parade culminates with a Party in The Paddock at 1.30pm with performances from Starfish youth bands.

Thrill to the sights and sounds of the seaside as giant ferris wheels and mini dodgem cars weave their way down the street, pirate ships and galleons race into view, giant seagulls swoop for titbits, and sharks and pirates run amok – all to a soundtrack of seaside classics.

This unique event brings together young people from 15 schools across the Lewes District to celebrate this special landmark moment in their lives as their progress from primary to senior schools. The parade – this year headed by Lewes MP Norman Baker and Mayor Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe – leaves The Paddock at 12.30pm, heads down Lewes High Street at 12.45pm, along West Street, and returns back to The Paddock at 1.20pm.

Starfish bands perform between 1.30 and 2.30pm at the picnic, to which everyone is invited.

There will also be performances by young musicians from Priory School, Lewes, and Ringmer Community College. Drum United will be in action, too, and leading a free participatory workshop.

Children from Year 6, parents and teachers have been working with a team of fabulous artists – all from Lewes and the surrounding villages – to design and create their own extraordinary costumes and structures.

Each year an audience of approximately 2,000 people line the streets and applaud the children on their parade through the town.

Everyone is welcome to the celebration and to cheer the youngsters on.

The Moving On Parade is delivered by PATINA (Parents and Teachers in the Arts), a network of parents, teachers, artists and volunteers.

Organsiers have thanked the following local businesses and organisations which have generously supported the project this year: Chalk Cliff Trust, Lewes Town Council, Priory School, Carrington Griffin Design; Hudoq; Phase Consulting; Herbert Scott; Mayo Wynne Baxter; Hartley Quinn Wilson; Mortgage Matters Viva Lewes; Bill’s Produce Store; Waitrose; Lewes Mobile Communications; and Knill James.