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Sussex By The Sea - Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations

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Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations in pictures to the tune of “Sussex By The Sea” By The Royal Sussex Regiment. Raised as the Earl of Donegall’s Regiment in Belfast in June 1701, and became known as the The Royal Sussex Regiment in 1832 after several name changes. Was one of the traditional regiments for young men from Lewes and Sussex to join. Around 1908 the song “Sussex By The Sea” which was written by Mr. W. Ward-Higgs and was first sung by an officer at Ballykinlar Camp, and proved to be a hit and then was adopted by the regiment as an unofficial nick-march and has remained so ever since.

It is now a bonfire anthem of many a bonfire boye of most bonfire societies in Lewes and Sussex. The Royal Sussex sadly is no more as it was absorbed into the Queens Regiment and then into the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment. The regiment also known as the Tigers marched through Lewes on 16th July 2009, accompanied by their red-coated Kohima Band during their homecoming parades in Sussex.

Now is the time for marching
Now let your hearts be gay
Hark to the merry bugles
Sounding along our way
So let your voices ring, my boys,
And take the time from me
And I’ll sing you a song, as we march along,
Of Sussex by the Sea.

For we’re the men from Sussex
Sussex by the sea,
We plough and sow and reap and mow,
And useful men we are we:

And when you go from Sussex,
Whoever you may be,
You tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the sea.

Oh, Sussex, Sussex by the sea
Good old Sussex by the Sea
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the sea.

Light is the love of a soldier
That’s what the ladies say
Lightly he goes a-wooing
Lightly he rides away,

In love and war, we always are
As fair as fair can be,
And a soldier boy is the ladies joy
In Sussex by the sea.

Oh, Sussex, Sussex by the sea
Good old Sussex by the Sea
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the sea.

Far o’er the seas we wander
Wide through the world we roam,
Far from the kind hearts yonder
Far from our dear old home,

But never shall we forget my boys
And true we’ll ever be
To the girls so kind that we left behind
In Sussex by the sea.

Oh, Sussex, Sussex by the sea
Good old Sussex by the Sea
You may tell them all that we stand or fall
For Sussex by the sea.

Written By Mr. W. Ward-Higgs For The Royal Sussex Regiment

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