PICTURES: Fruit flinging at Worthing beach

Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell
Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

Fruit flingateers assembled on a rainswept Worthing beach today to sling oranges and lemons in memory of a famous shipwreck.

Worthing’s 16th annual charity flingathon was held to commemorate the day, in March 1901, when the SS Indiana ran aground after colliding with another ship in the English Channel.

Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

Tens of thousands of oranges and lemons were swilled by the sea from a giant gash in its hold onto the beach.

The Mayor, Sean McDonald, thwacked the first orange with a cricket bat to commemorate the 2008 Ice Prince wood wreck, when thousands of tons of timber washed up at Worthing.

Each flingateer paid £1 for a piece of fruit, with proceeds going to Worthing wheelchair tennis player Lauren Jones.

The event is organised by The Worthing Journal.

Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

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Fruit flingateers in Worthing. Pic by Eddie Mitchell

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