Pagham’s big day on Sunday should be bigger and even better

BIGGER and better than before. That’s the promise about this year’s Pagham on Parade.

The community event this Sunday (August 12) is the eighth to be held by the parish council.

It will again take place in and around the village hall on Pagham Road from 11am-4.30pm.

Cllr Ray Radmall, the council’s chairman, said those who went along would find plenty of interest.

“We are keeping the same format as before but we expect the day to be the best ever,” he said.

“We will have between 100-200 vehicles on show, including a lot of motorbikes where there has been a surge of late bookings.

“The cars range from those from the 30s to modern classics from the 60s.

“We also have an arena programme crammed with entertainment from dancing to kick boxing. They will benefit from a new PA system so our broadcasts and interviews will be better.

“We are fully booked as well with stalls inside and outside the village hall.”

The event will also keep in touch with its military roots by continuing with a brief commemorative tribute to the role of the country’s armed forces.

This will be led for the first time by new parish vicar, the Rev Mark Eminson, and will feature a dipping of the military standards present. It will take place about 2pm.

Admission to Pagham on Parade is free but donations are welcome at the entrances.

Last year saw about £2,000 raised to be donated to local good causes.

Pagham on Parade began in 2005 to provide a community event in the summer to complement the well-established pram race on Boxing Day.

Its first event took place entirely within the village hall and its car park.

But the August family day has since grown to take in the adjoining paddock of an acre to allow more attractions to be included and more money to be raised.