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!