Thousands pack Worthing for memorable Rotary Carnival

DARTH Vader, Snow White and the team from Ghost Busters were among the colourful sights at Worthing Rotary Carnival.

Crowds of thousands packed the seafront on Monday to take in what proved a fine festival atmosphere for the annual fund-raiser.

Leading proceedings were the marching band from TS Implacable, Littlehampton’s Nautical Training Corps, swiftly followed by an array of musical floats gathering in Steyne Gardens.

Some key highlights included the chance to have photos taken with an Olympic torch, plus live music and traditional games.

Winners were Parents for Autism, with an out-of-this-world Star Wars themed float. Founder of the charity, Lindsey Butterfield, believed it had a been great for raising awareness of the cause. She said “There was such a great atmosphere. It’s brilliant to have won as we put so much into it and couldn’t have done it without Type 40 Toys. My son Jordan suffers from autism and wanted to be involved. He was there as Obi-Wan Kenobi and was really pleased as well.”

Worthing mayor Charles James enthused: “Just look around and see so many people having a fine time for a good cause. With the national bowls competition on, Birdman last week and now this, it seems Worthing is really humming.”

For full story and picture spreads, see this week’s Worthing Herald (Thursday, August 30).