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It’s that time of year when the black tie and evening gowns get an air­ing – ei­ther for Christ­mas par­ties or that an­nual cal­en­dar sta­ple the awards cer­e­mony. Sus­sex Life held its own awards in Oc­to­ber at The Grand in Brighton – cel­e­brat­ing the best in the county’s food, drink and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries from start-ups to well-es­tab­lished and well-loved brands and busi­nesses. It was an in­spir­ing night – topped off by the an­nounce­ment of this year’s Sus­sex Life Hero, Dr Tony Whit­bread. See our full re­port from page 108.

Tony has been cham­pi­oning Sus­sex’s nat­u­ral her­itage for the past 27 years, and is be­hind plans to en­sure our beau­ti­ful county is still in rude health for the next five decades. Whether you live in the coastal ur­ban cen­tre of Brighton and Hove or out in the rolling coun­try­side of vil­lages like Bur­wash, it can’t be de­nied that our beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings play a big part in why peo­ple choose to live and thrive in Sus­sex. And both of our main in­ter­views this month are with peo­ple who have cho­sen to live in bu­colic Sus­sex for more than 40 years.

Roger Dal­trey, front­man of leg­endary rock band The Who, first moved to his home on the High Weald 48 years ago, and still re­gards it as a place of sta­bil­ity in what can be a hec­tic in­ter­na­tional life (page 16).

And Ray­mond Briggs’ love of Sus­sex comes across in his art – not least as the back­drop to two of his great­est books, When the Wind Blows and The Snow­man. In our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view to co­in­cide with The Snow­man’s 40th an­niver­sary and the 11th Snow­man Spec­tac­u­lar for Chest­nut Tree House he shares his mem­o­ries of the county on page 22 – in­clud­ing the days when you could park out­side Brighton’s Royal Pavil­ion.

Our county is home to a wealth of in­ter­est­ing sto­ries – in Se­cret Sus­sex Clive Agran has un­earthed two 20th cen­tury mys­ter­ies that have their ori­gins in Uck­field (page 28), while an­other mys­tery, about the life of her diplo­mat grand­mother, was un­earthed through a hard­back book of lists by Lu­lah El­len­der (page 36). And Chris Hor­lock retells the semi-comic tale of the day Chich­ester Cathe­dral’s spire fell, on page 40.

We have plenty of sea­sonal of­fer­ings too, from fash­ion and beauty buys (pages 78 and 82) to tips for cre­at­ing your own fes­tive wreath from cut­tings in the gar­den (page 140).

Have a great Christ­mas, and I look for­ward to meet­ing again in the New Year.

En­joy your Sus­sex Life!

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