Laser beam display coming to Worthing Pier – and you can control it with your phone

An interactive laser beam display is set to light up the sky over Worthing Pier.
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Laser Light City by Seb Lee-Delisle comes to the pier between 6pm and 11pm on Thursday and Friday and will see locals take control of six powerful lasers being installed at the iconic listed landmark.

The Covid-safe spectacle has been developed by the BAFTA-winning artist so that it can be enjoyed at any length along the promenade, allowing for social distancing. Bystanders should be in groups of no more than six, Worthing Borough Council said.

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Kevin Jenkins, the council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “This exciting and unique spectacle is the perfect chance to have some outdoors fun in our fantastic town. It’s also great it can take place in a secure and COVID-safe manner without the need for people to gather in crowds.

Laser Light City by Seb Lee-Delisle is coming to Worthing PierLaser Light City by Seb Lee-Delisle is coming to Worthing Pier
Laser Light City by Seb Lee-Delisle is coming to Worthing Pier

“I’m looking forward to seeing the stunning display light up the sky and hope it gives people the chance to stop by local businesses on the way so they can support the local economy at the same time.”

When the spectacle goes live, participants can visit the website – which has all the details of the event – and click a link to join a queue to control the lasers, which can be moved around by tapping and dragging on the screen.

At times there will be a choice of colours and shapes available. People will be able to control up to all six lasers for between 30 seconds and two minutes depending on how busy it is.

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Organisers will be monitoring the attendance levels and will switch off the lasers if visitors do not maintain social distancing, the council said. They have said the lasers can be seen from far and wide, even in hazy or wet weather, so there is no need to congregate in a crowd.

It has been funded by Worthing Borough Council to support getting the public back into the town in the run up to Christmas.

Many shops and traders will be open until 7pm on Thursday as part of Time For Worthing’s Festive Thursdays initiative.