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THE Beach Dreams Festival team presented the first Winter Dreams in Shoreham last weekend.

The committee that puts together the summer spectacular on Shoreham Beach organised the three-day event to bring some winter cheer.

Children and adults gathered on Shoreham Beach for the Winter Dreams procession across Adur Ferry Bridge PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN D14492171a

Children and adults gathered on Shoreham Beach for the Winter Dreams procession across Adur Ferry Bridge PICTURES: DEREK MARTIN D14492171a

Coronation Green was turned into a glittering venue for music, crafts and more, including a heated marquee.

It all kicked off with a Christmas-themed schools procession from Shoreham Beach, over Adur Ferry Bridge to the green, last Friday evening, followed by a family carol concert and Christmas party.

Saturday offered a packed programme of arts, crafts and family activities during the day, with a glamorous Glitter Ball in the evening, raising money for local homeless charities.

Popular Shoreham band Eel Fish Parsley headlined on Sunday, with the music programme also featuring a Christmas strum on ukuleles and Brighton’s Rock Choir.

SH 051214 Winter Dreams Festival, Coronation Green, Shoreham. Carol singing on Coronation Green. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140812-092630001

SH 051214 Winter Dreams Festival, Coronation Green, Shoreham. Carol singing on Coronation Green. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140812-092630001

Shirley Paver, from Elvis tribute act Eel Fish Parsley, said: “We have been playing together now for around three years and have gained quite a following locally.

“We played free of charge for Winter Dreams, having been invited back after our success at the Beach Dreams summer festival.”

Musically, the weekend had something for everyone, including heavy metal, gentle accordion-led folk, live band karaoke and the 40-person rock choir.

David O’Connell, chief executive of Original Allstars Music, said: “The Shoreham Allstars played a three-hour set on Saturday, showing Shoreham’s residents what the young people of their town are capable of, with their music going from acoustic folk to heavy metal in the space of one song.

“At the Glitter Ball, karaoke outfit Idiot Dad played a 12-song Christmas set, inviting members of the audience to come on stage and sing. This resulted in some mass sing-songs.”

The staff from Shoreham charity shop Sold joining the band on the stage for the karaoke finale, followed by Shoreham DJ legends Just a Couple of Mums.

Mr O’Connell said: “This was followed by some spellbinding acoustic sets by some of Shoreham’s finest folk musicians. Rock Choir delivered some stirring anthems, then Eel Fish Parsley finished the weekend with style and class.”

Sarah Parker, one of the organisers, said the weekend had been amazing, a great start to the festive period.

“The Friday procession was well attended and the walk over the bridge was magical. The children sang as they paraded and held torches.

“The children’s disco was great fun and the Christmas jumper competition super.

“Saturday daytime was well supported and Shoreham Allstars played so well, including Christmas songs. Santa arrived on the Harveys horse and dray, which was a real treat.

“Sunday daytime was more of a folk feel, similar to the summer Beach Dreams and we finished in real style with Eel Fish Parsley, the Elvis tribute band.”

The Glitter Ball had a magical atmosphere, she added.