Season of celebration

What a couple of months we have had.

It started here with the Torch and ended on Sunday.

The Lewes District, through our sportsmen and women, and our artists and craftsmen and women, has presented a face to the world of which we should be proud.

In our district of Lewes we have done our bit.

The passing of the Torch through our district was eased in no small measure by the volunteers and public services. The enthusiasm with which it was greeted will live in our memory for a long time.

Lewes District, however, did not just participate in this memorable event to start the Olympics, it also put on an event of cultural excellence under the banner of “Artwave”.

Between us we have attended most if not all of the 120 exhibitions that have taken place in Lewes District over the past three weeks.

What has been on display has been a display of visual arts generated locally which has been evidence of the talent which resides here and which we hope gave all sorts of people a platform.

The welcome we received when we visited the exhibitions was clearly heartfelt and made us feel that Artwave is something that unites and reaches out to everyone.

Exhibitions have been held in all corners of district – from Newick in the north through Lewes in the middle to Seaford and Newhaven in the south. Our boundaries have stretched to include exhibitions in our neighbouring areas such as Wealden and Brighton.

We view ourselves as honoured that we have been asked to represent Lewes District Council in this current year and to see at first hand the depth of talent which exists here. Artwave is something which did not start this year and we owe it to the vision of those who started it that it has now become a significant event in our calendar. Long may that continue.

Let us finally thank all those unsung people without whose contribution most of this could not have happened this summer for all their work and wish them well for more events to come.

Tony Nicholson, chair, Ruth O’Keeffe, vice-chair, Lewes District Council