It was with great sadness that we learnt that much loved local artist and musician Chris Liddiard has died. Chris’s funeral will take place in the Main Chapel, Eastbourne Crematorium on Wednesday 12th December at 1.00 p.m. Flowers will be provided by family members, so please no flowers. However for anyone wishing to donate, proceeds will be donated to ‘Parkinsons UK’.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Jenny, at this very sombre time. Jenny and Chris lived happily, as hugely cherished friends of many locals, at the heart of Rushlake Green for many years until they moved to Hailsham following Chris’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.
Chris was a hugely talented and ceaselessly creative composer, musician and visual artist. He was for many years the organiser and mainstay of the popular local White Horse Folk Club and performed regularly as a solo musician and with his delightful folk group Cornflower Blue. His musical pedigree dates back to his early years in Southend where he grew up as a sharp-dressing guitarist alongside other budding local musicians that included Robin Trower. And Chris’s uniquely insightful and ironic songs will continue to be played by the many local musicians who loved him and his compositions. Chris was also a very creative and original visual artist whose timeless paintings feature on the walls of many local homes. He initiated and for many years organised the popular annual Art on the Green exhibition of local artist’s work and he went on to be the founder and creative director of the unforgettable 2016 Little Arts Festival of music, visual arts, theatre, literature and poetry in and around Rushlake Green.
Chris will be sadly missed but will live on through his art and his music, and in the hearts of all his many friends.