What a weekend that was! It’s not easy to imagine anyone outside of celebrity circles having such an eventful and fun packed weekend as Chris Emson last weekend. From Friday evening through to Sunday lunchtime Chris was in demand, and, self-effacing as ever, dedicated everything to everyone but herself.
At the council meeting on October 19 2020, Chris Emson was honoured as a freeman of Rye, in recognition for her many years of service to the community. Unfortunately due to Covid the whole ceremony took place remotely and Chris was not able to receive the personalised scroll. So on Friday, November 12 Mayor Councillor Rebekah Gilbert made up for this at a special meeting of the council and Chris was awarded her beautiful calligraphy scroll.
Then on Saturday 14, the best night in Rye this year, bonfire night, Rye Bonfire Society bestowed another honour by making Chris Rye Fawkes. Chris was dressed in cloak and hat, raised aloft by six strong men and chaired down in style to the fire site to light the bonfire. This was immensely thrilling for all concerned, especially Chris’ family, including a granddaughter who had travelled from France. Chris says this was one of the best moments of her life!
On the morning of Sunday 14, Remembrance Sunday, Chris lays a wreath for the Women’s Voluntary Service, of which she is a member. Remembrance Sunday is a day of reflection and thanksgiving. The subdued and dignified atmosphere of the formal ceremony at St Mary’s church was in direct contrast to the celebrations of the Friday and Saturday. But this is a reflection of the lives we live, and, in Chris’ case, probably the most personally important.
Image Credits: Steve Hutchings / Rye Bonfire Society , Johnathan Emson , Jackie Brooks .