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Communities come together for Whitehawk festival
All things bright and beautiful were celebrated at a community festival.
From bouncy castles to farm animals, local history talks to sporting events, there was something for everyone at the Whitehawk Community Festival this weekend.
The festival, which was biggest ever in its history, was organised by residents, tenants and local community groups from Whitehawk Manor Farm and the Bristol Estate in Brighton.
Visitors enjoyed a wide range of musical performers on three stages as the event was one of hundreds held across the country as part of the national Big Gig event.
One of the highlights was the Whitehawk Primary School samba band Bloco Falcao Branco collaborating with Silver Sounds over-55s samba band.
This year’s event also saw people celebrate the life of air raid warden William Hayler, who was killed in the bombing of St Cuthmans church in 1942.
He was remembered with the launch of a new project involving local church, community and local councillors to raise funds for a new memorial.
The East Brighton Bygones Local History Society also marked their tenth anniversary with an exhibition in St Cuthman’s Church opened by their President Fred Netley and Faith Matyzsak, who both have MBEs for their service to the local community.
“It was a very big site stretching from St Cuthman’s all the way to Whitehawk Road and they certainly made the best use of the space.
“The best thing was it was all resident led, they set-up the whole thing and were ably supported by the community development worker for the area.”
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