A LAST minute flurry of entries will help Bognor Regis shine brightly.
Sunday’s (August 25) Bognor Illuminations Gala should prove to be as loud, bright and colourful as usual, making sure the bank holiday does not pass the town by.
Whilst an assortment of groups and organisations have promised to take part in the annual crowd-puller, including two full size floats, the number of entries to date has only just topped double figures.
Volunteers planning the event, Bognor Regis Seafront Lights, which will benefit from the weekend’s fund-raising activities are hoping for even more entries to make sure the many spectators who line the route are not disappointed.
Lights’ secretary, Greg Burt said: “Whilst many leave it to the last minute to enter, it is always a bit of a worry for us as organisers.
“This year, following feedback from entrants from previous years, we have created a new category, just for dance troupes, of which Bognor can proudly boast many.
“This means that those entering the walking category are in with a better chance of winning some cash and a trophy, so there is even more of an incentive to enter.”
The lighting team believe the gala is a great opportunity for businesses, sports clubs and other community groups to promote their products, services, and good causes.
Horndean Marching Band will lead the snake of decorated and lit-up entries. For the first time a cavalcade of decorated Minis, courtesy of Mini Freakz of Sussex, will also feature.
Event organisers hope the best illuminated pram/bicycle etc, should allow entrants to utilise readily available modes of transport such as wheelbarrows, shopping trolleys, bikes, prams and pushchairs to wind their way along the crowd-lined route.
The illuminated procession will leave West Park, Aldwick, at around 8.30pm. They will make their way towards the pier where, at 10pm, there will be fireworks.
There will also be a funfair all weekend.
Bognor Regis Town Council and the Bognor Regis Observer are again sponsoring the event with support from Arun District Council.
If you would like to join the procession, call into the Bognor Regis Observer Office, Belmont Street for an entry form.
For more information, contact Greg Burt on 07739 506 275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries will be taken up until Saturday.
Bottons Amusements will be presenting a funfair on the Esplanade from Friday to Monday, meaning a road closure and diversions will be in place.