Thousands flock to Worthing's Jack On The Green
Released: Monday, 22 October 2018
Worthing's light and lantern festival Jack On The Green has been hailed a huge success as thousands flocked to Beach House Park for the extravaganza.
Supported by Worthing Borough Council, the free event is the brainchild of Same Sky, the regional arts charity that is behind events such as Brighton's Burning the Clocks and Children's Parade.
The family-friendly event offered free afternoon creative workshops attended by more than 150 children.
Revellers then returned to the park at dusk to explore the magical light installations and projections which included a giant cockerel, a life size oak tree, woodland creatures and interactive games.
In total more than 5,000 people attended the event this weekend - more than double the 2,000 crowd that attended in 2017.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, who attended the event with his family, said:
“It was fantastic to see so many people flock to the town centre this weekend to enjoy such an excellent community-run event fit for all the family.”
“I want to thank Same Sky for helping curate such a stunning spectacle but also praise everyone locally who supported what is fast becoming a firm favourite on the Worthing events calendar.”
In addition to the glow trail, this year's event also featured collaborations with local projectionist, Adam Seaman, arts group Creative Waves and East Beach Studio Artists Works that had featured in the sustainable light festival in Worthing in September.
The event was also supported by a crowdfunding campaign, which looks to ensure that the event becomes a much-loved local tradition for years to come. Further details on the 2019 campaign will be available shortly on the Crowd Funder website.
Photos: Some of the lanterns and costumes from the Jack on the Green event (images kindly supplied by local resident Lee Statton)
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