PAUL O’BRIEN: Fantastic weekend as summer truly arrives in sunny Worthing

Paul O'Brien

Paul O'Brien

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I spent an hour or two this weekend walking around our town centre and taking in all that we had to offer.

It was a truly balmy with temperatures hitting 30 degrees, bringing out tens of thousands of tourists and locals.

Along the beach front we had the fantastic food festival with over 60 stalls of food plus celebrity chefs Jean Cristophe Novelli and Rosemary Shraeger holding cooking master classes.

The varied food stalls were doing a roaring trade and customers sat on deck chairs tucking into their purchases.

A little further along East Beach was positively packed as people took in the artists’ studios and food offerings.

Rowlands Road and the east end of town was alive with a vibrant street party to engage all the nationalities of traders and dwellers in the road.

There was even a ‘Nice’ party in St Paul’s offering free items and spreading general loveliness.

Montague Street was teaming with shoppers and the al fresco cafe tables were absolutely thronging with people.

In the evening the bars and restaurants were completely packed out with standing room only in many of the seafront establishments as many of us enjoyed this continental weather with an icy cold beer or two long into the night.

Almost all day everyone I came across was smiling, laughing and laid back.

The British summertime has truly arrived in sunny Worthing!

With several coastal towns in the UK are enjoying a second coming and Worthing is leading the way in terms of regenerating itself to cater for everyone.

We even hit headlines in both the Times and the Gaurdian as one of the top ten seaside towns to visit.

Coastal town visits are up 15 per cent on last year already and spending is up 10 per cent on 2014 figures.

Let’s cross our fingers and continue to hope that this upward curve of enthusiasm is here to stay.

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