Patina announces Lewes Moving on Parade title

Cressida Jane Murray with Southover School pupils.
Cressida Jane Murray with Southover School pupils.

Carnival of Creatures will be the title of this year’s spectacular Moving on Parade in Lewes.

A competition was held to guess the name and it was worked out by Southover Primary School mum Cressida Jane Murray.

Children at the school were amongst the first to see this year’s logo, designed by Lewes artist Emma Carlow.

Patina is teaming up with Sussex Wildlife Trust to celebrate the wildlife of the South Downs for this year’s Moving On Parade, with each school participating in the parade on July 10 representing a species precious or prevalent in the South Downs.

Representatives from each school will select a species from a list and together with Patina artists, pupils will create their species as a carnival costume for their big day.

A spokesperson from Patina said: “We are all delighted with this year’s theme and logo and are really going to town with these wonderful species.

“Fundraising is well underway and we are extremely grateful to the South Downs National Park Authority, Lewes Town Council and Priory School for their invaluable support, together with wonderful help from local businesses and volunteers at fundraising events.”

Patina Moving On Parade is a children’s parade through Lewes which celebrates the transition from junior to senior school.

Now in its 14th year, it has become a much loved rite of passage for the town and its surrounding villages.

More than 350 children from 16 schools will take part in the parade.

There will be a special family event on Sunday July 12 to exhibit the costumes and creatures at the Phoenix Gallery, Lewes.