Sea monsters to star in ‘spectacular’ parade

Elsie Ballance with some lanterns made by children
Elsie Ballance with some lanterns made by children

FISHERMEN, smugglers, sea monsters and kitesurfers will all be part of a ‘truly spectacular’ parade at this year’s Adur Sea of Lights festival.

Organisers announced that this year’s event would be based on Adur’s maritime history at a special exhibition of student artwork at Lancing Parish Hall on Saturday.

Adur Sea of Lights organiser Andrea Ballance said the announcement had gone down a storm.

“We are keeping things fresh and exciting,” said Andrea.

“We are really looking forward to celebrating the past communities of Adur and our current sea-themed community, the water-sports community.”

The team behind the festival joined forces with art students from Northbrook College, who based their graphic-design projects on the event, and held their end-of-year exhibition at the parish hall.

Organisers chose one of the students, Vanessa Romero, to work with on designs for the festival this year.

“It was really a proud moment for the event to share an exhibition with Northbrook College and North Lancing Primary School and even the Sompting scarecrows. A true community project, said Andrea, adding that the children had loved the smugglers’ lanterns the team had designed for them.

As well as the exhibition, there was also an lantern-making workshop.

Andrea said the students’ work had been ‘amazing’.