Hundreds turn out for Pevfest fundraiser

Pevfest 2011. St Wilfids Hospice charity collectors. July 23rd 2011 E30044M

Pevfest 2011. St Wilfids Hospice charity collectors. July 23rd 2011 E30044M

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CROWDS flocked to Pevensey for the annual Pevfest fundraiser on Saturday (July 23).

Nearly 50 bands played at the pubs in Pevensey and Pevensey Bay and the car park in Sea Road was filled with attractions.

Pevfest 2011. Parade, the drum corp. July 23rd 2011 E30023M

Pevfest 2011. Parade, the drum corp. July 23rd 2011 E30023M

Steam train rides and a bouncy castle kept the children amused and there were displays from local groups in the village halls.

Pevfest started with a parade through the village. The Beach Belles, WI, children from Pevensey and Westham School, the local keep fit club, Hunters Moon Morris Dancers and the Eastbourne Pipers were just some of the groups to take part in the parade through Pevensey Bay.

Hells Fallen Angels also joined in on their mobility scooters.

Fred Housego, one of the event organisers, said, “It went extremely well and we had a wonderful day. The village was packed.

Pevfest 2011. Parade entrants 'Diana Freedmans School of Dancing'. July 23rd 2011 E30019M

Pevfest 2011. Parade entrants 'Diana Freedmans School of Dancing'. July 23rd 2011 E30019M

“It was local people doing local things and it worked wonderfully.”

The fundraising total has not yet been counted but it is thought thousands will have been made for this year’s chosen charities.

Beachy Head Chaplaincy, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, the Pevensey and Westham branch of the East Sussex Disability Association, Pevensey Bay Information Centre and Pevensey Bay Community Action Group are all set to benefit.

There was some violence as Pevfest continued into the evening. Arrests were made and The Bay Hotel closed its doors because of the trouble.

Fred said, “On Saturday night, when I heard the rumours I was feeling very down. But after speaking to all the pubs on Sunday and Monday I felt much better because I don’t think it was as bad as all the rumours on the night.”

See this week’s Eastbourne Gazette (July 27) for the full story on the trouble.