I HAVE lived in Sompting, near Sompting Recreation Green, for five years now and always look forward to the festival.
However, this year, I thought it was very disappointing.
Usually, things kick off on the Friday, but all there was this time was the expensive fairground, with very few people, and the marquee with some music.
The bouncy castles and other stuff didn’t set up until Saturday, when I took my eight-year-old son over, and, apart from the fair and marquee, which again were pretty empty, there were very few other stalls and events compared to previous years.
There was only the Sompting Community Church and the owl show and the dance displays, etc.
Usually, there are lots of other stalls and events, such as a steam railway for kids to ride on.
Of course, Sunday was a disaster with the weather.
Looking across from my bedroom window, I could see it was pretty dead all day and they packed up early.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the organisers didn’t cancel the event after this year’s turn-out.
So, as for declaring it a “big success”, I wonder if you have visited any previous festivals at Sompting.