40,000 people came to Worthing last night to party like no other party. That’s you lot you crazy bunch.

We could see the beach from the pier and it was packed for 2 miles in each direction. 40,000 happy faces illuminated by the full moon. It was quite a sight. We have evolved in 5 years to be the biggest event on the South Coast. That is no mean feat, and actually you have done that. By coming out in your thousands, supporting the event and taking part in all that goes on.

Thank you to all who helped who organised the night. Thanks also to our amazing sponsors and volunteers who actually bring the plans to life on the night making over 100 people working together to bring this party to town.

This event is truly a collective working together. We want your feedback, we want your views and we love the fact you’re talking about how to make it better, because rest assured, we will.

We’re listening to your feedback on Facebook and there are 3 questions that keep popping up:

WHO IS THE EVENT ORGANISED BY?
The organisers of this event are called the Tide of Light Community Group and are made up of people from your community. We are non-profit and all volunteer our time. The Community Group organises all the logistics for the event. They are supported by the Lions Charity who pay for and organise the fireworks.

WHAT’S WITH THE FIREWORKS AT 8PM?
The whole event is paid for by revenue secured by the group through fundraising and sponsorship. Mainly from our food traders and the funfair who pay a hefty amount up front without any guarantee of return.

We make the party last so these guys can make their money back and some, and why not. There is no shame in making a profit, In fact the whole town centre makes profit on that night, usually on a night when they may not be open at all. We celebrate the fact that you are helping to boost the economy of this town.

Our job is to make sure you have fun throughout the whole event and we’ve had the most fun in bringing you a crazy illuminated parade, a bonkers rave, fab food, live music all night, an actual fairy up a tree, light installations and a steam train.

We are also immensely proud that this event has remained free. We could see the beach from the pier and it was packed for 2 miles in each direction. 40,000 happy faces illuminated by the full moon. It was quite a sight.

WHY WAS IT ON A SUNDAY?
It’s the 5th November, that’s the tradition, it’s Fireworks night. The parade is always 6pm and the fireworks are always 8pm.

What’s next then…
This year we had an event HQ with representatives from Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue and SECAMB. For us that made it very real. With their own eyes they’ve seen just how many of you came out and they will continue to work with us to keep the event safe and accessible.

We have evolved in 5 years to be the biggest event on the South Coast. That is no mean feat, and actually you have done that. By coming out in your thousands, supporting the event and taking part in all that goes on.

This event is truly a collective working together. We want your feedback, we want your views and we love the fact you’re talking about how to make it better, because rest assured, we will.

You will probably know at least one of the Community Group because they are at the heart of your community.

In no particular order they are;
Roy Kelf
Claire Lemmon
Marc Woollard
Paul Batchelor
Kelly O’Haire
David Blann
Lisa Blann
Angela Hector 
Jess Gilbert McHugh 
Susie Pepper Smith 
Colm Sweet 
Tim Taylor 
Dan Flanagan 
Adam Seaman
Sharon Leppard
Alan Murrell
Patrick Melliott
Mike O’Hagan
Ed Watts
Nick Brewer
Richard Bradley
Frances Wetherilt

and of course the Worthing Lions Club .

This is just the gang who organised it. There’s also our sponsors and volunteers who actually bring the plans to life on the night making over 100 people working together to bring this party to town.

Thank you for being the most amazing town, you did us proud.