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  • Bexhill Festival of the Sea secures its future with new sponsorship for 2014

    The 2014 Bexhill Festival of the Sea is going to be bigger and better than ever thanks to generous support from its sponsors.

    Retail giant Marks & Spencer join current sponsors Discover Bexhill, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce, Rother District Council, the Angling Trust, and Argh Industries Ltd as sponsors for the 2014 Festival. Simon Elford, Chairman of the Festival Committee said: “ Due to the hard work of the Committee and our generous sponsors all is looking bright for the future of the Festival. Thanks to this and all the people and organisations providing technical help, advertising and ideas this year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.”

    Water sport is a central feature of the Festival where people of all ages will find the opportunity to experience water sports ranging from angling to rowing. Bexhill Sea Angling Club has championed young people this year by providing free coaching to young people and with the help of the Angling Trust now have qualified level 1 coaches amongst their membership, so there will be no shortage of coaches at this year’s Festival.

    The Festival’s Angling Village will showcase the sport and exhibitors will have something to interest new and experienced anglers. There is a programme of angling competitions and matches through September, which now includes new coarse and game fishing events

    Environmental sustainability is a key theme of the Festival, and to highlight this members of the Festival Committee recently joined other volunteers and the Greg Barker MP to support a beach clean organised by Festival sponsor, Marks & Spencer -

    As part of this Marks and Spencer have launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a fun toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event. The product has regenerated litter such as plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops into a brand new product for customers to enjoy and is on sale now at M&S.com and in six coastal M&S stores.

    Billingsgate Seafood School returns the Festival weekend joined by the Fishwives Choir

    On the Festival weekend, 6th & 7th of September, Billingsgate Seafood Training School will again be providing demonstration of seafood preparation and to celebrate this we are publishing a Festival cookbook with suggestions for cooking local, sustainable fish.

    The Fishwives Choir will open the entertainment on the De La Warr Pavilion terrace at noon on Saturday 6th Sept. The choir of 40, including 8 from Hastings, raises funds for The Fishermen’s Mission. A programme of live music will continue on the terrace through the afternoon and there will be fun and games will be on the lawns all day Saturday and Sunday. The outdoor film screening at the De La Warr Pavilion is now a popular feature of the Festival, so prepare to be scared by The Fog on Saturday evening.

    Hillary Randall, Chair of Bexhill Town Team and member of the Festival Committee said: “The Festival is important to businesses in Bexhill and Rother, it introduces new visitors to our town and promotes Sussex, Sussex produce and producers; the visitor’s spend is a welcome boost to the local economy.”

    With more sponsorship, the Festival could be even bigger with more events. Anyone interested becoming a sponsor please contact Carole Green (Committee Secretary) email: thegreens837@aol.com

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