Community united by ‘awesome spectacle’

The Adur Sea of Lights in Lancing
The Adur Sea of Lights in Lancing

MORE than 1,400 people formed a procession through the streets as part of the first Adur Sea of Lights community arts project in Lancing on Saturday.

The all-day event featured arts, crafts, dance, music and circus skills workshops, as well as an art exhibition.

In the afternoon, visitors were treated to a parade with music and lanterns, and a grand finale performance with a light show and fire drawings.

Organiser Andrea Ballance said: “The Adur Sea of Lights surpassed everyone’s expectations.

“As a pilot it has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lancing has an appetite for good-quality, large-scale fun events.

“I feel very humbled to have been a part of something that is truly, in all senses, a community event.”

“The Adur community has a spirit looking to express itself and when given the opportunity it came flooding out onto the street.”

The event’s Facebook page was inundated with positive comments from happy visitors and residents.

Claire Bradbury, who came all the way from Berkshire to the event with her son who has Asperger’s syndrome, said it was a lovely way to start feeling Christmassy.

Darren Stuart said: “I thoroughly enjoyed dancing along to the samba band, seeing people of all ages smiling, talking and the happy faces of all the children.

“The turnout was great and seeing people lining the streets to support the parade was brill,”

Nat Nicholson said: “Thank you Sea of lights for a very enjoyable day and for bringing our community together in such a joyful and creative way. It was a totally awesome experience.”

Andrea thanked the Adur Sea of Lights team, Frances Smith and Daniel Ballance for going ‘above and beyond’.

“The whole community and Lancing Regeneration took this project, embraced it, and made an idea into and awesome spectacle,” she said.

Pictures courtesy of Gary Levett and students from the Sir Robert Woodard Academy.