Summer Busk flag day draws large crowd

Worthing Churches Homeless Projects' Summer Busk saw 22 acts performing at four venues on Saturday.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 11:57 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:45 am
Eel Fish Parsley takes applause at Worthing Churches Homeless Projects' Summer Busk PICTURE: STEPHEN GOODGER

The long-standing musical event to help the homeless was given a fresh feel this year, with new organisers Richard Amey and Ian Barber.

It was rebranded and renamed the WCHP Summer Busk and for the first time, there were indoor options.

Richard said: “When did you see anything like this happening during one day in the very centre of Worthing? And free of charge, too?”

Cadillac Country playing in South Street Square PICTURE: IAN BARBER gNKHLopq6tQjXlQk7Wi3

The headline act was Eel Fish Parsley, an Elvis tribute band based in Shoreham which played in South Street Square during the afternoon.

“The crowd grew at South Street Square and probably reached around 150,” said Richard.

“Hardly anyone left until ‘Elvis’ had finished.”

Such was the success of Eel Fish Parsley, the band was offered a performance at the Arundel Festival after their performance.

Muso Bango drumming in South Street Square PICTURE: IAN BARBER 2smHnq45e-T5XZ81ULa8

Other acts at South Street Square included Muso Bango drummers and rockabilly, blues and boogie band Cadillac Country.

There was also music at The Lido, Royal Arcade in at The Cow Shed restaurant.

Richard said: “Musical acts gave their time and talent for the town’s homeless charity. They were there to bind us all together to support the Worthing Churches Homeless Projects on their fundraising flag day.

“As well as The Royal Arcade and The Lido management, we would like to thank that of The Libertine and Alehouse and Kitchen, our two wet-weather back-up venues.”

Regnante School Of Performing Arts PICTURE: IAN BARBER

Next year, Richard and Ian want to add an evening event and develop the range of participants.

“Our aim is to make this day one which Worthing’s community anticipates every year as injecting life and entertainment into the town centre,” explained Richard.

“We want it to be an event Worthing musicians aspire to perform in and one which helps keep WCHP funded to continue its work.”

The charity helps people in difficulty from the semi-circular area bordered by Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton and Horsham.

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