Sussex Day 16th June

This year Sussex Day is particularly important because my home county has just been designated as a ‘Dukedom’ following the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex). This is my poem to celebrate our special day.

Sussex Day

Are we ready to start yet, raise the blue flag on high,
As the bright yellow martlet flocks with friends in the sky,
Hear the Charter’s bold text read to folk in a bunch,
While the people of Sussex mark the day with a lunch?

From Borden to Boxgrove, from Worth to West Dene,
From Earnley to East Hove, Hampden Park, Hampers Green,
From Camber to Crabtree, Sunnyside, Silverhill,
Newpond Common and Nutley, Barcombe Cross and Bexhill,

Celebrate fine traditions, such as bonfires and art,
Skilled theatre renditions, written words, cherry tart,
Strips of green cultured vines, cottage gardens well dug,
Bubbling white local wines, Hollyhocks in a trug

Chalky cliffs, Sussex Blue, fallow deer, bats and stoats,
Ashdown bear, nicknamed Pooh, towering castles with moats,
Sailing craft in the harbours, our magnificent coast,
Sussex teas under arbours, we have so much to boast

Then a gift, quite the best, from the day that they marry,
A Duke to a Duchess, now our Meghan and Harry,
So this sixteenth of June, take a moment to say
“We remember our fortune on this Sussex Day”


About the author

Claire Baldry
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Claire is a retired Headteacher who lives on the East Sussex coast. Claire is an established speaker, performance poet and writer. She has a strong following on You Tube and has been listed in the top 100 Poetry Rivals National Competition. Claire has published five booklets of poetry which have sold hundreds of copies. 'Simply Bexhill' was published in early June 2014, and 'Simply Christmas' in November 2014. Her third publication is a series of narrative poems entitled 'The De La Warr Date'. She more recently published 'Seaside and Sailaway', which includes a section of poems about holidays on cruise ships, and Simply Modern Life. Claire has published two full-length novels, the first called 'Different Genes'. and more recently 'My Daughter's Wedding'. Both are romantic stories about love in later life, combined with a gripping mystery. The books can be purchased through bookshops, Amazon or borrowed from any local library. Links can be found at .Claire and her husband were awarded the SE Diabetes UK Inspire Award in 2017 for innovative ways of fundraising.

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