The Sandgate Sea and Food Festival, Folkestone, Kent, UK
The Sandgate Sea and Food Festival, Folkestone, Kent, UK
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About the Sandgate Sea & Food Festival

   The team present a cheque for £1,000.00 to the RNLI

In September 2003, The Sandgate Society organised a firework display to start the weekend of the Folkestone Festival, including the Air Display. This was organised through the Tourism Department of Shepway District Council.

In 2004, it was decided by the Sandgate Society to hold a sea festival on the August Bank Holiday Monday and the theme would be Georgian with costumes hired from FODS. At this event there were stalls, a bouncy castle, a sea shanty band from The Ship Inn, along with the Providence Pub and the Rowing Club who were all involved. This event was so successful that in 2005, an independent committee was formed and the Sea Festival became an annual event, growing in size and popularity each year.

In 2010, a new very enthusiastic committee was formed to organise what proved to be a highly successful event despite the weather being cold and wet. This year will be no exception with even more entertainment and activities.

In the press

Over 2,000 people flocked to Sandgate last Sunday for the annual Sea Festival.

A pack weekend programme was marred on the Saturday when due to the adverse weather the fireworks were cancelled.  However they have been rescheduled for next month and The Looker will keep you posted.

On the Sunday however the whole esplanade was packed with stall holders and attractions for the visitors. The Looker was on hand to work alongside Folkestone based radio station Academy FM with “Local Legend” David Shackle sharing the mic with our very own David Wimble who was compere for the day.

By 11 a.m. the stalls were bristling with trade with even visitors from France coming over to share some fine wine and beer along with local French produce, with an unusual slant of donating what you wanted in exchange, (the editor particularly enjoyed the smoked salmon).

Children were kept entertained with shows from Mr. Punch and his poor downtrodden wife Judy, face painters were kept busy all day, and there was also a variety of local bands and musicians.
Local pubs and bars did a roaring trade and many stall holders commented on how well organised the event was.

A special mention must be given to Waitrose who donated three staff to help run a stall for the event as part of their helping in the community programme.  The helpers were keen to point out that the store is happy to try and help out with as many local community projects as possible and that anyone who would like some help should contact their Hythe store.

The Looker was pleased to be a part of this event and hopes to be invited back next year. If you visit our new website you can see more pictures of a traditional great day beside the seaside.

Source: The Looker
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