Festival will display love for the villages

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CAMPAIGNING will mix with a celebration of community life at a new festival in Eastergate this month.

I Love My Village Festival on June 15 will combine the aims of enjoying the best of village life with live music and dance and fighting the colonisation of the settlements by developers eager to concrete over fields.

Festival organiser Pip Pegler said: “We aim to raise awareness of plans impacting on the Six Villages area.

“We all need to act now to save our communities and farmland.

“There will be a parading of the borders to champion land that may soon be lost to the bulldozers.”

The festival at Manor Farmyard on Church Lane will last from 2pm-11pm. MP Nick Herbert will address the crowds at 3pm along with parish councillors.

Performances will be spread over four covered stages.

The Renegade Dogs, Polly Tonic, Stone Cold, Replay, The Watermelons and EastHead will offer a crowd-pleasing mix of raucous folk, blues, classic rock and indie in one of the barns with support from teen bands from the Chichester Music Academy, Rob Johnston and the Nyodema Drummers.

Another barn will host an open session for laidback folk and acoustic musicians topped off by the traditionally-inspired sounds of Shipwrecked, John Meriton and Bang on The Ear.

Community choir Bellacapella will be there with Dawn’s Vintage Do and Jean Rogers, of Emmerdale. The Bognor Regis Concert Band will welcome visitors to the day.

A family zone will feature Maraca Jack’s music workshops and dream dance, arts and crafts, disco, teen karaoke, schools displays and face painting.

Wristbands to access all areas cost £5 adults and £4 u-16s from Elm Tree Post Office, Eastergate; SPR, Fontwell Avenue, Fun and Wai’s, Westergate; Gribble Inn, Oving; Wilkes Head; ABE Parish Office and Earley’s, Barnham.

Standby tickets on the gate will cost £7 adults and £6 u-16.

Profits go to the organisers: Villages Action Group and Stop A29 Bypass.