WHILE ‘RECORD-breaking’ flights were being set at this year’s Birdman, many traders were reporting ‘amazing’ sales, as visitors opened their wallets.
Around 6,000 people each day gathered on Worthing seafront to enjoy the internationally-broadcast event, and traders reported strong performances as a result.
In the case of the Mens Gift Shop, in Montague Street, sales had rocketed by 70 per cent on last year’s Birdman weekend – something owner Michael Smith was not anticipating.
He said: “It was a little bit surprising, as we have not seen the event make a huge difference in previous years.
“We had really good sales in the morning, it was a bit slow from 12pm-2pm, and after that it took off.
“We had increased footfall in the shop, and as a result, increased sales.”
Candy Love, in Montague Street, had a 28 per cent rise on Saturday, and 35 per cent increase on Sunday.
Owner Paul O’Brien said: “This year was particularly good, and it was very busy. I spoke to a couple of other traders, who also did very well.”
Popular café Parklife did not notice a change, however, although they did not open on Sunday, and are regularly at full capacity at the weekend.
Owner Mike Corrigan said: “It’s not a negative. It’s a great event for the town.
“We were very busy on Saturday, and I don’t think we could have done much more. But Saturdays are always busy for us.”
For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, August 15.