Sculpture plan for 700-year-old fair

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A competition has been launched to mark the 700th St Lawrence Fair in Hurstpierpoint in 2013 with a commemorative sculpture.

A group of village organisations, led by the parish council and including the fair committee, are commissioning the piece for the village green.

Spokesman Steve Whitehead said: “Since the 14th Century the village of Hurstpierpoint has celebrated the Feast of St Lawrence with a village fair, which is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom.

“King Edward II granted a charter which allowed one fair a year to be held to celebrate St Lawrence, the patron saint of the village.

“For the first stage the organisers have asked for expressions of interest and outlines from artists by Monday, March 21.

“It is intended to then select a shortlist and those successful will be asked to provide further details and a model in time for an exhibition as part of the Hurst Festival in September this year.

“The unveiling is planned for the 700th anniversary of the fair in July 2013.”

For more information and an entry pack, email Hurstpierpoint Parish Council on: hurstpierpoint.pc@btinternet.com or write to them at: Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council, Parish Council Office, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9UY.

The plan is to raise most of the money to pay for the sculpture by donation.