Fish festival lands the crowds again

Crowds at Newhaven Fish Festival
Crowds at Newhaven Fish Festival

RECORD breaking numbers were recorded at Newhaven Fish Festival where crowds celebrated the Jubilee and the town’s fishing industry.

Organisers estimated thousands of people turned up for the event on Saturday June 2, which is now in its ninth year.

There were displays of locally caught fish from Bickerstaff Fisheries, fish cookery demonstrations by community chef Olly Dawson and Marie Scott, the Dieppe Market, displays by local artists including pupils from Tideway School, 60 community group stalls and children’s rides.

The event was organised by Sally Foote from Newhaven Community Development Association (NCDA) who said: “We couldn’t have wished for a better day.

“The whole community of Newhaven came together to celebrate both the fishing industry of Newhaven and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“It was a very special day! Very many thanks to our funders Veolia and Newhaven Town Council for their continued support and to all those who volunteered their time to make it such a success.”

Entertainment included Punch and Judy, Morris Dancing performed by the Long Man Morris Men, and live music from the Maestro Academy Players.

A nautical children’s parade organised by Mike Betts and led by the Mayor of Newhaven and the Mayor of La Chapelle (the town that Newhaven has twinned with in France) marched from Denton Island through the town centre and on to West Quay.

The event also hosted Community Olympix funded by NHS Sussex which comprised of a variety of races for both adults and children alike, beat the goalie organised by Denton and South Heighton Junior Football Club, short tennis provided by Newhaven Tennis Club and a Tug of War.

Newhaven Lifeboat Station and Newhaven Fire Station were both open to the public for the day and tours of the Newhaven Lifeboat were also available.