“Sussex by the Sea” –

Old girls and herring gulls

Join the brass band.

(c) Jackie Le Poidevin

For the prompt “Sunday afternoon” at Carpe Diem and “animal” at Writing 201.


The photo by Gordon Griffiths shows Eastbourne bandstand, built in 1935 and situated on the seafront promenade. One of the songs often performed by the brass bands is Sussex by the Sea, a patriotic marching song composed in 1907 by William Ward-Higgs. There are five verses and a chorus, but my favourite is the third verse:

Sometimes your feet are weary,
Sometimes the way is long,
Sometimes the day is dreary,
Sometimes the world goes wrong;
But if you let your voices ring,
Your care will fly away,
So we’ll sing a song as we march along,
Of Sussex by the Sea.

The phrase “Sussex by the sea” probably came from a Rudyard Kipling poem, Sussex, written in 1902.