Slideshow: Newhaven Fish Festival goes swimmingly say organisers

Cookery demonstrations, fresh fish displays and even a collage inspired by fish were amongst the delights at Newhaven Fish Festival.

Organisers Sussex Community Development Association said more than 2,500 visitors attended the free event which celebrated the town’s fishing industry on Saturday June 14 on West Quay.

The children's parade at Newhaven Fish Festival

The children's parade at Newhaven Fish Festival

Parents and the mayor of Newhaven Judith Ost joined in the popular children’s parade at the annual event.

Organiser Sally Foote from SCDA said: “The event was a huge success.

“This year we included activities and information involving recycling and ways of addressing food waste.

“Both were very well received and the art work produced will be displayed at the Denton Island Community Centre.

“Special thanks to our sponsors Veolia and Newhaven Town Council whose continued support for this popular community event is so much appreciated.”

There was a display of locally caught fresh fish from Bickerstaff’s Fisheries at West Quay and fish cookery demonstrations by community chef Olly Dawson.

Local artist Hayley Cox created a collage of fish using recycled objects such as old coins, buttons and broken china with the help of visitors.

Fellow local artist Carol Havard ran a series of art workshops for families during the recent half term holiday.

Funded by East Sussex County Council the workshops formed part of a family learning programme.

Those who attended made a variety of costumes and banners for the festival’s children’s parade.

The chair of Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) Graham Amy and the Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band took part in the parade too.

They marched through the town centre to West Quay to join in with the festivities.

The band performed at the event, with more music provided by Haven Harmonies Choir and local singer/songwriter Annika.

Other attractions included the Dieppe Market, craft and community group stalls, sports activities and children’s rides.