Newhaven’s link with Ho Chi Minh to be celebrated

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A bronze statue of Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, measuring about three foot and weighing 120kg, was due to be delivered to Newhaven Museum this week as part of a visit to the town by the Vietnamese Ambassador.

A contingent from the Vietnamese Embassy will present the statue to Newhaven on Sunday May 19 to celebrate the town’s link with the former president of Vietnam.

Before his rise to power Ho Chi Minh worked as a pastry chef on the Newhaven to Dieppe Ferry.

A reception will be held at Meeching Hall with Vietnamese food and singing from Vietnamese students.

They will also take in the banner on the West Quay which displays the historical fact about Ho Chi Minh having worked on the ferry.

The banner is one of several fitted to lampposts in the town, which have little known facts about Newhaven printed on them.

The Sussex Express ran a story about them earlier this year, which was then picked up by other media and then by the Vietnamese Embassy.

The Embassy got in touch with Newhaven Town Council and asked to present a statue of Ho Chi Minh to the town.

Embassy spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said: “We are very excited about the event on May 19. This event is very meaningfull for us since this year we celebrate 40 years’ establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and Vietnam and 100 years since President Ho Chi Minh’s first step in the UK.”

Newhaven mayor Julie Carr, MP Norman Baker and Newhaven Chamber of Commerce president Annie Lorys will attend.