Where has 2017 gone? It’s behind you! We’re officially allowed to say that Christmas is in full swing and with pantomime being such an integral part of the festivities now; we looked into where it all began. From page 36, Robert Veitch explores panto origins and how we ended up with amongst other things a gent as a dame and a leading man who is really a leading lady.

Sticking with the festive theme, this issue is packed full of interesting historical facts about Christmas traditions from Advent calendars to Medieval feasts, decorations and Boxing Day. Listed from page 12 we also have a variety of local church services and Carol concerts.

In the office we’ve been having a right old carry on researching Talbot Rothwell, a Sussex resident who penned 20 of the iconic Carry On films. On page 74 we tell his story from being a prisoner of war to the end of his long and prolific career in Worthing.

This is also a time of year when out thoughts turn to supporting those in need. The West Sussex North branch of the MND Association tell us how they are assisting with care of local people and are raising funds to support research. Turn to page 72 to read more and see if you are able to help.

We have a cracking crossword competition for you this month, with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes generously donated by our advertisers. Go to page 41 to test your wits and see if you could be in with a chance of winning some great New Year prizes.

Finally, from all of us here at Sussex Living we want to wish our readers, advertisers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.