There is plenty that’s original in Lewes – medieval architecture, a brewery, niche shops, spectacular downland and of course, its internationally renowned annual Bonfire.
Another element unique to the county town is the celebration of a significant marker in the lives of its schoolchildren – the season when they leave their primary schools and prepare to enter secondary education.
This is called the Patina Moving On Parade and takes place each year during the last week of the summer term. It’s when 350 children from 14 schools in and around the town form a moving tide through the main streets before taking part in a massive open air party at The Paddock.
Each year the Parade has a theme - this, its fifteenth year, was the collection and variety of spectacular animals, plants, birds and mini beasts of the South Downs - celebrating all that’s wild in the fabulous natural world that surrounds the town and even penetrates into its heart via the River Ouse and the Railway Land.
The exhibition poster, costumes and structures went on display at the Foundry Gallery on July 12 when information about species that inspired the children’s art was described by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Called Carnival of the Creatures, the procession brought to life a host of rare creatures including Adonis Blue butterflies, Rose Chafer Beetles, Peregrine Falcons and Wartbiter Crickets - all brilliantly coloured, created, made and carried by the youngsters themselves, much to the delight of families, friends and visitors.
Throughout the term, children from each school were kept busy working alongside Patina artists to interpret the creatures in their own way.
This fifteenth Moving on Parade took place from 12.30pm on July 10 and the fine and sunny weather held firm.
As a finale all were invited to a party in The Paddock featured a drumming session involving the children, Starfish bands, a bar and refreshments.
Patina is a registered charity that promotes the arts in Lewes and surrounding areas.
Its purpose is to foster a thriving artistic community by encouraging children’s involvement in the arts, supporting local artists and creating arts events throughout the year that bring benefit to the whole community. It proud to be the official charity of Lewes FC.
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