PICTURES: Worthing Lions Festival entertains thousands

A SPECTACULAR display of fireworks once again proved to be among the highlights of the Worthing Lions Festival.

Thousands lined up on Worthing’s seafront on Friday to watch the impressive display of fireworks, which were sponsored by HD Tribe, Jacobs Steel, Halford Jarvis, and The Shelley residential care home, light up the night sky over the Pier.

Joint festival chairman Tony Holley said the fireworks, like the festival itself, were better attended than ever, despite the financial downturn.

But he said he hoped the public and local businesses would offer more support to the fireworks display in the future.

He said: “We had more people on Friday night than in previous years and the fireworks were brilliant.

“All it would take is for everyone who watches the display to pay 10p to fund the whole display, but people wrongly think the display is funded by the council.”

On Saturday, a family fun day was held in Steyne Gardens, with a dog show, dance displays, a Punch and Judy performance and other activities.

Tony added: “It was a real success. Worthing was absolutely packed, and some businesses tripled their takings because of the festival.”

Watch the slideshow to see all the photographs taken at the festival.