Great turnout for Newhaven Fish Festival

Newhaven Fish Festival.
Newhaven Fish Festival.

Crowds flocked to Newhaven Fish Festival at the weekend which celebrated the town’s fishing heritage.

The Bickerstaff family staged a display of locally caught fish and there were fish cookery demonstrations.

The children’s parade on Saturday June 13 was the biggest ever and boasted a maritime theme.

Event organiser Sally Foote from Sussex Community Development Association said: “This year’s event was particularly special as more people than ever attended.

“There was a real sense of community pride as the crowd gathered together to enjoy the celebration. My thanks to Veolia Environmental Services for their continued sponsorship of the event.”

More than 3,000 people attended the 12th Fish Festival organised by Sussex Community Development Association.

Cookery demonstrations were given by local community chef Olly Dawson. Recipes and samples of what was cooking were shared by the crowd.

More than 40 community groups set up stall at the event.

There were also arts and craft activities, children’s rides and live entertainment provided by the Maestro Academy Players, Haven Harmonies, EarthQuake Drumming Band, Queen Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and entertainer Sam Jones performing a magic and ventriloquism show.

The children’s parade left Denton Island, led by the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band, Newhaven mayor Steve Saunders dressed as Sponge Bob Square Pants and deputy chair of Sussex Community Development Association George Bishop dressed as King Neptune.

More than 60 local children, many of them from Denton Island Nursery, dressed in fish themed costumes and carried banners to march through the town and on to West Quay.

Photos courtesy of SCDA.

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