GALLERY: Broadwater Carnival and Worthing Fire Station Open Day

‘ABSOLUTELY perfect’ is how organisers are describing this year’s Broadwater Carnival.

For the first time, the carnival joined forces with the annual Worthing Fire Station open day and it is estimated up to 15,000 people visited on Saturday.

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Carnival chairman Ann Barlow said they worked together to plan different, focused areas across Broadwater Green, Ardsheal Road and the fire station.

“We have never seen Broadwater so buzzing,” she added.

“We have never seen so many people. We just didn’t have a quiet bit, it was rammed.

“We planned it very carefully, so there were different areas, and that worked well. I don’t think there was anything we could have done to make it a better day. It was absolutely perfect.”

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Stalls lined the edges of the green, with a central arena and space for this year’s Walking and Wheels Procession, a first for the carnival.

Issues with insurance meant the usual road procession could not go ahead this year, so instead of big floats, there were various people on foot and wheels.

The TS Intrepid marching band led the way, followed by Worthing town crier Bob Smytherman, Worthing mayor and mayoress Michael Donin and Linda Williams, and carnival prince and princess William Hipkin, eight, and Isabella Morley, ten.

Mrs Barlow said: “The procession worked really well, considering we have never done it like that before. We will be looking at whether we keep it on the green next year or get sponsorship to go back on the road.

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“I am glad we did it that way. People lined the route and cheered them on. The prince and princess loved it and we will use them for the cheque presentations over the coming weeks.”

A team from Buddys café pushed a trolley laden with a knitted tea, firefighters followed with a push-along fire engine, plus there were samba bands and belly dancers, too.

All the money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity and the nominated carnival charities, Worthing Kids and Dapper Snapper, Safe in Sussex, Oak Grove College and Forget Me Not.

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