Damp start will not ruin Adur Festival bonanza

Some of last year's quirky action which thrilled crowds across the Adur district' S21612H14
Some of last year's quirky action which thrilled crowds across the Adur district' S21612H14

WEATHER marred the start of this year’s Adur Festival bonanza over the weekend.

Dismal conditions forced the organisers of Sunday’s Adur Family Fun Day to pull the plug on the event at the 11th hour.

Arranged by Adur Homes, the afternoon was set to feature a host of live performances, activities, games and face-painting all on the Adur Recreation Ground.

However, posting via the group’s Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, organisers took, what they described as a ‘difficult decision’ to axe the event.

Speaking after the cancellation, festival co-ordinator Mella Punchard made light of the situation promising it would not spoil the rest of the action.

She said: “International artists come to England and are astounded at what we endure weather wise in order to have a good time.

“But sometimes we just have to realise we’re beaten.

“It was such a shame to see the Adur Fun Day cancelled, there was so much great activity planned for the day.”

She added: “Sun is apparently on the way though, and lots of it, so hopefully the other outdoor festival events will have more luck.”

Much like Mella, organisers of the fun day are also optimistic, stating on their Facebook page that they were keen to rearrange the fun day to take place at some point in the summer, adding they were ‘sorry to disappoint people’.

But, in spite of the dank to proceedings, event organisers remain confident that this year’s festival will be the ‘biggest and best’ yet.

Robert Heath, who is the festival’s marketing co-ordinator, said: “This year we have so many different things on offer there will be something for everyone.”

The festival will be running all the way until June 14.

It will combine a range of events across Shoreham, Lancing, Southwick and Sompting.

One of the events making a come back this year is the popular Donkey Derby, run by Adur East Lions.

It will be taking place on June 14 from 11.30am to 5pm, at Buckingham Park, Shoreham.

There will be plenty of family fun to be had, from donkey races and rides, to a funfair, a classic vehicle rally, displays from Shoreham Allstarts, birds of prey and a karate demonstration.

Likewise, over the same weekend there will be three street parties taking place on June 13 helping to unite communities.

The first will be between 9.30am to 2pm, at Southwick Square, in Southwick with the next one running in North Road, Lancing, from 10.30am to 4pm. The last party begins on Shoreham’s Coronation Green from 12.30-6pm.

Robert added: “This is all about getting those groups in the area that run creative workshops, or those charities, religious groups and schools that are doing something, together. It’s a great way bringing people and communities together.”

Elsewhere, the poetry and art trails will be running once again.

On Saturday, Southwick Christian Community Church will be hosting its Art Attack on Southwick Green, from 1-3.30pm. There will be arts and crafts, dance and competitions.

For the festival’s full line-up, see here.

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