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Sussex events that get the community talking focus of Argus Achievement Award
This year’s Paddle Round The Pier event was the biggest in its 17 year history.
An estimated 60,000 revellers attended the July event which saw everything from paddle board races and foot tennis to fairground rides and a fancy dress competition.
Best of all, the event raised thousands of pounds for their nominated charities: the RNLI, Winston’s Wish – a charity for bereaved children – and Surf Action, which supports ex-service personnel.
Adam Chinery of the Brighton Water Sports Company, who nominated the event for the award, said it was amazing that the world’s biggest free beach festival was right on our doorstep.
He added: “The whole thing is run by volunteers, no one takes a wage and everyone works flat out from January getting it ready.
“How many other festivals do you go to where everything is free?
“And all they ask is you give a bit of money to charity. It’s a brilliant idea.”
LAST YEAR'S WINNER
Last year organisers of the Deans Festival walked away with the award for best community event following their fourth annual fun day.
The festival, which is run by volunteers, sees hundreds take over Woodingdean Primary School for a celebration of village life.
The main theme of the event is inclusion with everyone from grandparents to youngsters along with those with mental and physical disabilities involved.
The 2012 event, which also formed part of Brighton Fringe, featured the likes of go-karting, an owl display and family games.
The event has gone from strength to strength following their success at The Argus Achievement Awards, with an even bigger festival this year.
Again held at theWarren Road school, the event featured more than 60 Texan cheerleaders who were in town to perform.
Alix Macfarlane, who is a member of the festival’s organising committee, said: “The event is organised by unpaid volunteers and all fundraising stall helpers are also unpaid local people giving up their time and skills to make to make the day great.
“It is truly a community success story.”
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