VOLUNTEERS are planning a Christmas event they hope ‘will stay in people’s memories for many years to come’.
The Adur Sea of Lights will be held on December 7, the same day as Lancing’s Christmas market, and organisers hope it will bring the community together.
Andrea Ballance and her team of helpers have been busy planning the event since January.
She said: “Myself and a group of Lancing residents, a little disillusioned with degeneration of Lancing village, and worried about the recession’s effects on Adur as a whole, got together and decided to put on a Christmas event that would stay in people’s memories for years to come.
“My initial idea was provoked by the poor Christmas decorations and small Christmas market last year. I stood in the high street and just realised that I could not allow my kids to grow up in a village that seemed so undervalued and neglected.
“How could my daughter grow up in a village like this and feel valued and proud of her home?
“I thought, ‘I am sick of moaning about this, what can I do to help?’
“So I came up with this idea, and got together with some amazing people.
“We applied for and were awarded grants, we gathered a mass of volunteers and have put in our own cash and so much of our time and the Adur Sea of Lights was put into motion.”
Andrea added: “It was dreamt up, organised and put on by volunteers. It centres on the creation of lanterns and culminates in a procession and performance that the whole community can participate in.
“There are many amazing people in Lancing and so many people volunteering their time and money.”
The event will involve pupils from nine Adur primary schools, including Sompting Village, Sompting Abbotts, The Globe, Seaside, and North Lancing, as well as the Sir Robert Woodard Academy.
Organisers hope the event will boost the local economy and showcase local talent.
Workshops in lantern-making, crafts, dance, music and circus skills will run until 1pm, and the grand finale and procession will run from 3.45pm to 7pm.
There will also be an art exhibition in the Tabernacle Hall in North Road, from 10am to 6pm.