The day thousands marched to save Worthing Hospital

Thousands answered a call to arms to fight for Worthing Hospital in 2006 when fancy-dressed, banner waving hordes of every age, colour, size and shape marched along Worthing seafront.

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 1:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 1:57 pm
Marchers assembling on the promenade at George V Avenue.
Marchers assembling on the promenade at George V Avenue.

From George V Avenue to the west and the Aquarena to the east, two groups totalling an estimated 6,000 people converged on Worthing Pavilion for a public meeting on the threat to Worthing and Southlands hospitals. It was the highlight of the successful campaign which saw maternity and A&E services retained at both Worthing, Southlands and Chichester Hospitals.

Youngsters at the march.
Sue Gregory with her daughters Lauren (left) and Rachel.
Making a noise..Drummers Ivan and Janice Mitchell.
MP Peter Bottomley with the marchers on the promenade at George V Avenue.
MP Tim Loughton getting his points across to the audience.
MP Peter Bottomley.
MP Peter Bottomley addressing the meeting.
Adur District Council chairman Brian Coomber adressing the meeting.
Natasha and Matthew Lee with their banner.
Wheelchair protestors Di Levett (left) and Norma Roberts.
The marchers move forward to make room for more at the rear.
Protestors on the move from George V Avenue.
Marchers on the move from George V Avenue.
Applause for Tim Loughton.
MPs Nick Gibb and Peter Bottomley join mayor Tom Wye at the front of the march.
Making The News...The George V Avenue march sets off, goint out live on Meridian News.
Youngsters amongst the marchers at George V Avenue
Marchers set off from George V Avenue
Marchers on the move from George V Avenue
Marchers on the move from the West
Marchers on the move from George V Avenue
Meridian News filming and reporting for the Western march
Marchers on the move from George V Avenue
Mayor Tome Wye leads the march from George V Avenue
Worthing mayor Tom Wye with his West Sussex Gazette poster.
Marchers on the move from George V Avenue
Marchers on the seafront
Marchers on the Western March
Marchers coming past the Lido.
Residents on the march to the Pavilion Theatre.
Mayor Tom Wye with MP's Nick Gibb & Peter Bottomley and Candy Morris and Steve Pheonix.
Marchers nearing the Pavilion from George V Avenue
The western march nearing the Pavilion
Mayor Tom Wye with MP's Nick Gibb & Peter Bottomley and Candy Morris and Steve Pheonix
14 month old Camille Peebles makes her point
MP Peter Bottomley with marchers at the Pavilion
Steve Pheonix, chief exec of the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust speaking.
Marchers filing into the Pavilion Theatre.
Candy Morris, Chief Executive of the Surrey & Sussex Strategic Health Authority speaking at the meeting.
Marchers filing into the Pavilion Theatre.
Steve Pheonix, Chief Executive of the Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust speaking at the meeting.
Worthing mayor Tom Wye opens the meeting.
The Pavilion Theatre packed for the public meeting.
Applause for Tom Wye.
Worthing mayor Tom Wye openeing the meeting.
Mayor Tom Wye addressing the meeting.