Hundreds turn out for a very colourful festival

Childrens art workshop at the Hailsham Festival
Childrens art workshop at the Hailsham Festival

A colourful umbrella parade wound its way through Hailsham town centre as crowds lined the streets for the seventh annual Hailsham Festival.

As the parade snaked through town on Saturday (September 7) it was accompanied by live music provided by the Rythmnfire Djembe Drummers and the Egyptian Mummies.

The official festival opening then took place at Hailsham Parish church, with an atmospheric performance of European music by internationally acclaimed musician and composer Dirk Campbell with his band Kalamus.

In the afternoon, young people created their ultimate alter ego at the Cloneworx workshop with illustrator Andy Willard.

There was also two festival film screenings at Hailsham Pavilion and the Bangers and Mash supper in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice.

On Sunday (September 8) the Americana Music Festival at Boship Lions Hotel got underway. There was a whole host of rockin and rollin’ music from three local bands - Pocketsize, The Memphis Flyers and The Cajun Dawgs.

Festival director Jenny West said: “What a fantastic start to this year’s festival! Thank you to the hundreds of people who have already supported the events over the last weekend, we look forward to another week packed full of performances, talks and workshops. So whether you’re five or 105, do come along as there’s something for everyone!”

The Hailsham Festival continued until Sunday September 15.