Weekend of Jubilee events planned for Newhaven

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THE JUBILEE weekend in Newhaven is shaping up to be an absolute corker, with the Fish Festival, a barn dance and free tickets to Newhaven Fort all part of the mix.

A children’s parade, the Dieppe Market and community Olympics at Fort Road Recreation Ground and West Quay, are just some of the highlights of the annual Fish Festival, which celebrates the town’s long association with the fishing industry on Saturday June 2 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Visitors can expect displays of locally caught fish and fish cookery demonstrations, morris dancing, children’s art and crafts, Punch and Judy, stalls, art displays, fairground rides, music and Lifeboat tours.

Newhaven Fire Station in Fort Road will hold an open day, as will Wave Leisure at Shakespeare Hall, also in Fort Road.

Then from 7pm to 10.30pm on Saturday there will be a barn dance in the marquee on Huggetts Green, West Quay.

It is being organised by Newhaven Twinning Association. Tickets are available for everyone and cost £5 from Meeching Estate Agents.

There will be a bar in the marquee and a hog roast.

Music is being provided by the folk group The Blackthorn Band, with the dances called by Don Lewry.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, Newhaven Town Council has paid for free tickets for local residents to visit Newhaven Fort on Sunday June 3.

It’s being billed as a chance to celebrate the jubilee, mark Newhaven Fort Day and meet community groups from the town.

There will also be musical entertainment, plus the chance to do a bit of tourism on your own doorstep.

Tickets can be picked up from the town council offices in Fort Road or from the Fort itself.

Also on Sunday in the marquee on Huggetts Green there will be the Big Lunch, part of a free nationwide event, which will run from 1pm to 6.30pm.

Residents are invited to bring their food, drinks and blankets and get together with the community.

To reserve a place in the marquee email havenbiglunch@gmail.com.