Organisers say ‘bring it on’ as rain soaks event


Rain could not stop play as hundreds braved the weather to enjoy Alfriston’s annual Dickensian event.

Defiant organisers ploughed on with the event despite rain lashing down on the village and soaking visitors and performers.

The village had around half of the normal number of people but those who did turn out were treated to the full programme of scheduled events.

The Morris dancers put on an opening performance at 2pm and traders, many dressed up in Dickensian style costume, opened their shops late into the evening for shoppers to snap up festive goods.

Entertainment came via pupils from Alfriston School singing Christmas carols, a short play with a Dickensian theme performed by Seaford Youth Drama 
Group and the Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band, Salvation Army Band and the Expedient Jazz Band.

Then at 5pm Father Christmas turned on the tree lights on in the village square.

Sylvia Daw, from the organising committee, said: “Considering the weather it went really well, obviously the turn out wasn’t as good as we hoped, about half the people. We thought we wouldn’t get anybody here but people kept coming.

“But whatever the weather we will hold it, in fact we are having a meeting sand the first thing we will talk about is that no matter the weather Dickensian will always happen. When you advertise you cannot let people down because once you do they don’t know whether to come back again next year.

“We look forward to it in the village as much as visitors, so we did it without moaning about the weather and all had a great time.”

She added: “A huge thank you to everybody that came.

“They were soaked but had a good time I think. When it’s that bad you just think ‘OK, bring it on’.”