Deal Charter Day
Published: 19 October 2022
Deal Charter Day – the town stands together
• Town celebrates 323rd anniversary of independence
• Looking ahead together
Deal marked its anniversary of independence this week and celebrated what brings the town together.
The Worshipful Town Mayor of Deal invited local charities, historians, volunteers and friends of the town to share recent history and how the community is working for a better future.
Representatives from Deal Music and Arts, Deal Speaking Up Group, East Kent Climate Action, Deal Foodbank, neighbouring mayors, Sea Cadets, councillors and officers were among those invited.
Historian George Chittenden spoke of how geography has shaped the fortunes of the town and Sheila Ward shared how the pandemic was a force for change at the food bank, leading to radical improvements to the service they offer.
Mayor of Deal, Cllr Chris Turner said: “There is a traditional ceremony that goes along with Charter Day, but after the pandemic and all the town has gone through, we wanted to make it more relevant to our community today.
“All the speakers shared their passion for our town, how they shape it and how they strive to make life better for others.
“The last two years have been challenging and heart-breaking for many, yet we saw how people came together and met those challenges, helped their neighbour and gave of themselves.
“Charter Day reminds us of our town motto ‘Welcome the Stranger’ and in reflecting on those words, we have seen and continue to see how our town stands together."
From left to right: Peter Cook from Deal Music and Arts, Deputy Mayoress Mrs Laura Newing, Deputy Mayor Cllr Sue Beer, Celebrant Sue Baumbach, Chrissie Dubber from Deal Speaking Up Group, The Worshipful Town Mayor of Deal Cllr Chris Turner, Mayoress Kate Gatti, Historian George Chittenden and Sheila Ward from Deal Foodbank.