A visitor writes: I was born, grew up in Rye and my parents lived there for many years after the family all fled the nest. Despite now having no family left in my home town, I return three or four times a year to visit the old haunts and enjoy the unique Rye ambiance.
One of the highlights of my yearly Christmas visit is to see the John Ryan nativity (displayed in the Buttermarket underneath the town hall in Market Street and shown above), spot Captain Pugwash and point him out to other visitors who have not discovered John Ryan’s cheeky secret.
I visited on Saturday December 5, had a lovely walk, lunch in Webbe’s, but was horrified when visiting the nativity to see Joseph’s head had been broken off and fixed roughly with two bright shiny Phillips screws.
This is a unique piece of original art work from one of Rye’s foremost talented artists and should be treasured and looked after much better than it currently is.
What do we need to do to get it fixed properly for Christmas 2021?
Image Credits: Rye News library , Seana Lanigan .