14th July 2016
Harvey’s Brewery run an annual event to celebrate Sussex Day (the first Saturday after St Richard’s day). The event was held in the brewery yard, with displays of traditional crafts like trug making and flint knapping. There were stalls showcasing local food and drink, slow roasted Sussex lamb, local wines and of course Harvey’s Beer with the launch of their new ale “Sussex Champion“. Given the local nature of the event and the atmospheric venue it was a fantastic opportunity for Sussex Traditions to showcase traditional song and dance for entertainment.
Sompting Village Morris treated us to several dance displays and encouraged people into the Harvey’s Yard. There was even an impromptu circle dance where members of the public were invited to participate. Local singers performed traditional songs and tunes. Bob Lewis started off with a cheeky song about the Harvey’s Brewery. Tristram, Matcham, Elphick sang songs from the county in rousing three part harmony and there were more Sussex songs from Matt Quinn. A rare highlight was the traditional Romany step dancing of Janet Keet Black, as close to a Sussex style of traditional dance as we are likely to find. This was accompanied by our own Will Duke on concertina. This was all refreshingly washed down with the specially brewed ‘Sussex Champion’ ale. We hope to be back, celebrating with Harvey’s again next year.