PICTURES: Crowds flock to lights parade

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183750001

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183750001

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The annual Adur Sea of Lights parade and lantern making celebrations took place over the weekend.

On Saturday (November 26), scores of people turned up to a free lantern-making class held in Lancing Parish Hall, in South Street, Lancing, which started at midday.

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183711001

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183711001

Thousands of people turned up for the parade, which started outside the co-operative store, in North Road, Lancing, at 4.30pm.

Creative director Andrea Ballance said: “The whole day was absolutely amazing. I was completely overwhelmed by it all. I had suspected that this year would have been slightly smaller than the years before but it was much the same size. It was an amazing experience for us organisers to see so manu people turn out.”

The event was attended by a number of respresentatives from local groups, including Celebration Samba, Skul Drumery, SK Dance and many more.

They were joined by youngsters from schools including the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, The Globe Primary Academy, North Lancing Primary and Seaside Primary in Lancing, and Sompting Village Primary.

Adur Sea of Light lantern making. Suzeck Taylor, left, Becky Tourle and Finnley Tourle 3. Photo by Derek Martin

Adur Sea of Light lantern making. Suzeck Taylor, left, Becky Tourle and Finnley Tourle 3. Photo by Derek Martin

Andrea added: “I have no idea how many people were there because people joined the parade and some left half way through. I reckon it was someone between 1,500 and 1,800, though. There were loads of people at the parade.

“The lantern making was heaving and it was very beautiful. It was very well packed out and it was great to see the dads get so involved and help out their children. They were my favourite.

“I want to say a massive thank you to the sponsors who made it possible and thank you to everyone in the community who came along.”

The whole day was sponsored by Lancing Parish Council and Michael Jones Estate Agents.

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183723001

Adur Sea of Lights. Picture: Martin Bloomfield SUS-161129-183723001

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