On Saturday it was that time of year again for one of my favourite events of the constituency calendar – the Worthing Children’s Parade. This was the 12th parade and 12th time I have had the privilege to act as compere welcoming the schools as they processed into Steyne Gardens.
No, I still haven’t thrown my hat in the ring for the Conservative Party leadership though the Westminster hat seller must be running rather low on stocks as the tally of contenders reaches 13 at the time of writing and nominations don’t actually close until Monday.
So not a lot to report from Parliament in the last week then – just a Prime Ministerial resignation and a cataclysmic result for the main parties in the European elections that nobody really wanted to take place.
Congratulations to all the new Worthing councillors elected last week and commiserations to those who were not re-elected on what was unsurprisingly not a very good night for my party locally and nationally.
What seemed like the whole of the Sussex farming community turned up on a lovely spring afternoon in a lovely part of the South Downs for the funeral of the doyen of the Coombes farming family Mary Passmore.
I hope everyone enjoyed the glorious weather over the Easter weekend but for many of us it will be remembered most for the appalling terrorist attacks on innocent people on the other side of the world in Sri Lanka.
First of all, my apologies for the absence of my column last week (for some it may have come as a relief!) but in all the latest chaos about Brexit it completely slipped my mind and then events overtook.