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Schoolchildren take part in coming of age parade

The Argus: Schoolchildren take part in coming of age parade Schoolchildren take part in coming of age parade

Schoolchildren celebrated taking their first steps into adolescence in a coming of age parade.

The theme for this year’s Moving on Ceremony was Lights, Camera Action, with children from 14 primary schools across Lewes dressing up as their favourite stars from the big screen.

Despite the poor weather, both parents and children remained in a carnival spirit.

Organiser Caroline Croft said: “Despite the weather it’s been absolutely brilliant.

“We’ve been raising money for this all year and so have the school.

“It’s just a gorgeous event.”

The parade started at 12.30pm at the Paddock, going past New Road and Westgate Street to the centre of Lewes, before returning for the Party in the Paddock for refreshments and live music.

Victoria Cadogan-Rawlinson, parent at Lewes New School, said that the parade was a bittersweet moment for her as both of her children have now left primary school.

She said: “Lewes is such a great community and it’s likely these children will be in this community for the rest of their lives, it’s a huge rite of passage.”

Pupils from Lewes New School chose a Doctor Who theme for the parade, with a fleet of Darleks led by Mrs Cadogan-Rawlinson.

Patina, a network of parents, teachers, artists and volunteers - and organisers of the event - aim to raise £10,000 each year for the parade.

Kevin Scott, business liaison officer for the parade, said: “It’s such a special time when you’re moving on so it’s a special day for the children and what we’ve tried to do is bring carnival art to Lewes.”

Emma Lewis, parent at Western Road Community Primary School, said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for the children to get stuck into some art despite the weather.

I think it’s just a brilliant way of parents and teachers working together.”

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11:35am Sat 12 Jul 14

rolivan says...

What is the £10,000 for?
What is the £10,000 for? rolivan
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11:37am Sat 12 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

rolivan wrote:
What is the £10,000 for?
Probably to help with the cost of costumes, etc.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: What is the £10,000 for?[/p][/quote]Probably to help with the cost of costumes, etc. stevo!!
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3:16pm Sat 12 Jul 14

boo2005 says...

coming of age parade?.......bloody hell, these days the girls are practicing at being married from around five years old and parents seem to be pushing children to get out of childhood far too soon and that's not healthy or natural, like these disgusting 'beauty pegeants' that the Americans seem so very fond of!.....we should be giving kids far more time to grow up!........IMO!
coming of age parade?.......bloody hell, these days the girls are practicing at being married from around five years old and parents seem to be pushing children to get out of childhood far too soon and that's not healthy or natural, like these disgusting 'beauty pegeants' that the Americans seem so very fond of!.....we should be giving kids far more time to grow up!........IMO! boo2005
  • Score: 4

4:46pm Sat 12 Jul 14

rolivan says...

boo2005 wrote:
coming of age parade?.......bloody hell, these days the girls are practicing at being married from around five years old and parents seem to be pushing children to get out of childhood far too soon and that's not healthy or natural, like these disgusting 'beauty pegeants' that the Americans seem so very fond of!.....we should be giving kids far more time to grow up!........IMO!
Totally agree that is why I wondered what the £10,000 was for, just another venture into Commercialisation like Halloween all very American.
[quote][p][bold]boo2005[/bold] wrote: coming of age parade?.......bloody hell, these days the girls are practicing at being married from around five years old and parents seem to be pushing children to get out of childhood far too soon and that's not healthy or natural, like these disgusting 'beauty pegeants' that the Americans seem so very fond of!.....we should be giving kids far more time to grow up!........IMO![/p][/quote]Totally agree that is why I wondered what the £10,000 was for, just another venture into Commercialisation like Halloween all very American. rolivan
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Sat 12 Jul 14

John Steed says...

this was called "moving on" its a parade for all children that are moving on to high school, growing up as in leaving junior school behind, the money is raised localy and funds the event. It is well supported in lewes by all parties concerned and the general public, But that reflects the sort of town lewes is, and the people who live there, A very friendly bunch.
this was called "moving on" its a parade for all children that are moving on to high school, growing up as in leaving junior school behind, the money is raised localy and funds the event. It is well supported in lewes by all parties concerned and the general public, But that reflects the sort of town lewes is, and the people who live there, A very friendly bunch. John Steed
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sun 13 Jul 14

TIMBURRY says...

John Steed wrote:
this was called "moving on" its a parade for all children that are moving on to high school, growing up as in leaving junior school behind, the money is raised localy and funds the event. It is well supported in lewes by all parties concerned and the general public, But that reflects the sort of town lewes is, and the people who live there, A very friendly bunch.
It sounds more like a cult with these children growing up and never leaving the friendly village of Lewis.... How many children were at this coming of age parade and long has it been going on? All sounds too weird for me hope its well policed
[quote][p][bold]John Steed[/bold] wrote: this was called "moving on" its a parade for all children that are moving on to high school, growing up as in leaving junior school behind, the money is raised localy and funds the event. It is well supported in lewes by all parties concerned and the general public, But that reflects the sort of town lewes is, and the people who live there, A very friendly bunch.[/p][/quote]It sounds more like a cult with these children growing up and never leaving the friendly village of Lewis.... How many children were at this coming of age parade and long has it been going on? All sounds too weird for me hope its well policed TIMBURRY
  • Score: -1

9:08pm Sun 13 Jul 14

John Steed says...

timburry its lewes, two e's but as its within easy reach of almost anywhere try having a potter around the place soak up the ambiance, have a localy brewed beer (harveys) and this annual parade is a modern idea, but one well supported by the population, as to policing, most parades including the annual bonfire are usually well and safely policed by the marshals, the police normally are only required for crowds, when the high street was shut for the recent battle of lewes celebrations, there was hardly a police person in sight and no difficulties occured
timburry its lewes, two e's but as its within easy reach of almost anywhere try having a potter around the place soak up the ambiance, have a localy brewed beer (harveys) and this annual parade is a modern idea, but one well supported by the population, as to policing, most parades including the annual bonfire are usually well and safely policed by the marshals, the police normally are only required for crowds, when the high street was shut for the recent battle of lewes celebrations, there was hardly a police person in sight and no difficulties occured John Steed
  • Score: 3

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