MEMORIES of a Town Show and Family Fun Day under threat of separation were well and truly washed away as the event kicked-off once again in Littlehampton, on Saturday (September 14).
Last year, concerns were raised over the possible splitting of the town show and the fun day – a partnership which had successfully endured for more than a decade.
But as this year’s bonanza launched, the only concern remaining for revellers was the light drizzle of rain and grey clouds looming above which, although threatening, never dampened proceedings.
Organised by the Littlehampton Town Council in conjunction with businesses and community groups in the area, the day attracted more than 3,000 people.
Littlehampton mayor Joyce Bowyer hailed the strength of community in the town for supporting the afternoon, held at Rosemead Open Space.
Cllr Bowyer said: “The weather was not as good this year but it wasn’t really raining it was just a bit damp and a little cold. We still had a few thousand people turn up and there was lots to do and to see.
“I think Littlehampton has got a real community and it’s shown that by the events we put on and the amount of people that turn up.
“Armed Forces Day was superb, we did have lovely weather. And even though the weather isn’t so good today, we still have loads of people.
“So the community of Littlehampton is a really strong one.”
Hundreds watched live displays from some of the town’s top dancing talent.
Crowds applauded as the cheerleading extraordinaires from the Sussex Tornados took to the stage to perform a number of impressive routines, which saw cheerleaders being launched high into the air.
The Madeira Dancing and Singing Group and pupils of Dance Industry as well as those of performing arts group Pointe Rocks also impressed the crowds with their efforts.
Youngsters of the 4th Littlehampton Scouts impressed with their skills during a tent-building competition.
There were musical performances from the TLA Steel Band and this year’s headline act, The Tribute Show – who performed at the fun day, in 2011, and were voted back by residents.
But it wasn’t just the dancing and singing that had visitors excited.
The horticultural show was one of the best on record, with 758 entries being registered, 72 of which were from children.
Alan Humphrey, the show manager, said he was overjoyed by the turnout to the competition.
“This show was one of our best yet,” he admitted. “It was good because it wasn’t just the usual faces winning.
“We had newcomers winning prizes and cups, too, which was great.”
For the full story, plus Town Show results and pictures, see this week’s Gazette (Thursday, September 19).