Seahouses Square was decked with sea shell streamers and fishy bunting for a day of free family fun recently, organised by the Devonshire West Big Local project
Some 300 visitors streamed through to play the games and enjoy the music, and about 60 people attended a series of fancy dress workshops at Leaf Hall in the weeks before.
Badge making and street art proved the most popular activities, and chaos reigned around the fish balancing stall.
The YMCA band performed with gusto, and it was their members who ran the PA system for the more experienced musicians.
Jacqui Stewart, the events organiser, said, “Devonshire West Big Local is all about building links, collaborating and finding projects or ideas to make the area a better place to live.
“One of the big things that has come out of all the consultations over the last year or so is that people want community events.
“They want activities like this to get everyone together and create a good community buzz.
“So, even though the plan isn’t finished yet, even though the £1 million isn’t here yet, this sort of event is already doing the Big Local ideas.”
Jacqui was seen during the day cycling up and down to Leaf Hall with a parrot on her shoulder and her pirate hat flying behind her.
“The sun shone eventually, and the day was full of smiles and noise. It’s wonderful to see the community come together.”
Devonshire West Big Local is a lottery-funded project with a resident-led team working out the best way to invest £1 million in the community over the next 10 years.
There will be a pop-in shop by the Royal Hippodrome every Wednesday from next week for local people to see the plans and get involved.
Big Local was launched in 2010 with £200m investment to support 150 small urban and rural communities and make their areas better places to live.