‘MEGA’ – that is the one word being used to describe this weekend’s bumper Broad-water Carnival bonanza.
For the first time the carnival has united with Worthing Fire Station’s open event to put on a spectacular day of action, music and live displays on Saturday, July 18.
Organisers have hinted that, if the weather holds out, some 10,000 people could flock to Broadwater Green to join the revelry.
Ann Barlow, chairman of the carnival committee, said: “It’s going to be mega.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. This is probably the biggest event I have ever been involved in organising.
“It’s just going to be stupendously great.”
Everything will be kicking off from 10am with Worthing’s mayor opening the event at the fire station, in Ardsheal Road.
During the day visitors will be treated with an adrenaline-fuelled firefighting and road traffic rescue display. There will also be fire engine rides and a fire engine simulator.
On the Green there will be more than 100 different stalls including face-painting, food, tombolas, craft stalls as well as live displays and a bouncy castle.
One thing, however, not making an appearance this year is the carnival street procession.
Ann explained this was due to a change in insurance demands by Worthing Borough Council.
In previous years the committee paid for insurance to cover the activities for both the road and Green events.
However, this year, the council has split the fees which has hiked up the price.
“We were only told in April so didn’t have enough time to prepare,” said Ann. “But we’re not disappointed.”
There will still be a ‘wheeled procession’ of scooters, bicycles and buggies on the green which has attracted dozens of people – although more are still welcome.
Darren Wickings, Watch Manager at Worthing Fire Station, said: “Worthing Fire Station’s Open Day is the biggest public event our Fire Service hosts. Teaming up with Broadwater Carnival means that this year it will be even better than ever.
“Getting to know our local community and giving them the opportunity to get to know us is really important. If we can combine a day of fun and excitement with some potentially life-saving information and advice, then the day will be a success.”
There’s a £100 first prize for the raffle. For tickets, see Broadwater Post Office.
Cash raised on the day will go towards four good causes.