October 17th, 2021.

Seahaven Remembers release:

A torch-lit vigil honouring Black History Month, and commemorating the avoidable deaths of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, is to be held by community groups at Seaford’s iconic coastal beauty spot, Splash Point, today at 6.00pm.

The Vigil, “Seahaven Remembers,” also marks Anti-Slavery Day. A range of organisations across Seaford, Newhaven and Lewes area are supporting the event, to remember and pay tribute to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people who lost their lives.

“The community will come together for a peaceful vigil against racial injustice,” said event co-ordinator Marta Paluch. “We remember the disproportionate number of people from ethnic minorities who have died from Covid-19, those who have lost their lives in police custody or immigration detention, and asylum-seekers who have drowned trying to reach our shores for a place of peace and safety.”

During the ceremony, starting as dusk falls, and expected to last about 40 minutes, there will be speakers, music and poetry. Participants will bring torches and decorated stones marked with the names of individuals who have lost their lives.

Sponsoring organisations are Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group, Refugee Tales, Stand Up to Racism, Extinction Rebellion, Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (LOSRAS), plus local branches of the Green Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats. The event is also supported by Rodney Reed, Mayor of Seaford, and Seaford Town Council.

“It will be good to see diverse communities joining together to promote peace, acceptance and tolerance for all, regardless of race, creed or colour,” said Marta.

The event will continue through any rain showers, but will be cancelled if there is severe wind and storm. Participants are asked to observe Covid precautions.
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